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Animal behavior : an evolutionary approach

Author: John Alcock
Publisher: Sunderland, Mass. : Sinauer Associates, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 7th edView all editions and formats
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This 7th edition of "Animal Behavior" has been completely rewritten, resulting in a more compact text. For the first time there are four- colour photographs and illustrations throughout. Like  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Alcock
ISBN: 0878930116 9780878930111
OCLC Number: 187537909
Description: xiii, 543 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. An evolutionary approach to animal behavior: Questions about behavior --
Answering proximate and ultimate questions about behavior --
Darwinian theory and ultimate hypotheses --
Testing alternative hypotheses --
2. Proximate and ultimate causes of behavior--how and why birds sing: Different songs--proximate causes --
Different songs--ultimate causes --
Proximate and ultimate causes are complementary --
3. The development of behavior--a focus on heredity: The genetics of behavior --
The evolution of behavior --
Different selection pressures, different genes, different behaviors --
4. The development of behavior--a focus on the environment: The interactive theory of development--hormones and behavior --
Experience and behavioral development --
Evolution and behavioral development. 5. The control of behavior--neural mechanisms: How neurons control behavior --
Adaptive proximate mechanisms of behavior --
6. The organization of behavior--neurons and hormones: How neural command centers organize behavior --
Changing priorities in changing social environments --
7. Adaptation and antipredator behavior: The meaning of adaptation --
The comparative method for testing adaptationist hypotheses --
The diversity of antipredator adaptations --
8. The evolution of feeding behavior: Locating food --
Selecting what to eat --
Consuming what you select to eat --
9. Choosing where to live: Habitat selection --
Migration --
Territoriality --
10. The evolution of communication: The origins and adaptive value of a signal --
The history of a signal-receiving mechanism --
Sensory exploitation of signal receivers by signalers --
The adaptationist approach to communication systems. 11. The evolution of reproductive behavior: The evolution of differences in sex roles --
Sexual selection and competition for mates --
Sexual selection and mate choice --
Sexual conflict between males and females --
12. The evolution of mating systems: Is monogamy adaptive? --
Polyandry without polygyny --
Polygyny --
13. The evolution of parental care: Why is parental care more often maternal than paternal? --
Discriminating parental care --
The evolution of parental favoritism --
14. The evolution of social behavior: The benefits and costs of social life --
The evolution of helpful behavior --
The concept of inclusive fitness --
The evolution of eusocial behavior --
15. The evolution of human behavior: The adptationist approach to human behavior --
Adaptive mating decisions --
Adaptive parental care.
Responsibility: John Alcock.

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