Last night, Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden hosted the launch of the Dutch version of Nature’s Nether Regions, entitled Darwins Peepshow, published by Atlas Contact in Amsterdam. It was a memorable event. The book was presented to Pek van Andel, Ig Nobel prize winning “penetration expert” famed for having been the first person to have studied human intercourse with MRI-scanning. Other notable attendees were Dutch science writers Midas Dekkers and Salomon Kroonenberg, the book’s illustrator Jaap Vermeulen, as well as many of the scientists whose work is featured in the book. Also present was Redmond O’Hanlon, the inimitable scholar and science and travel writer, author of such classics as Into The Heart of Borneo and In Trouble Again.
The evening program, in the series “Naturalis After Dark” was sold out: 130 guests saw a vaudeville show consisting of videos, interviews, lectures, and discussions around the theme of human and animal sex and genitals.
A wonderful time was had by all.