Robert Martin
Emeritus Curator, The Field Museum, Chicago

Robert D Martin is emeritus curator of biological anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago, a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago, and academic guest of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zürich. His latest book is How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction (2013).

Written by Robert Martin

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of healthy spermatozoa emerging from a cavity in the rete testis of the testes. Photo by Innerspace Imaging/Science Photo Library

Essay/
Human reproduction
The macho sperm myth

The idea that millions of sperm are on an Olympian race to reach the egg is yet another male fantasy of human reproduction

Robert D Martin