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The living elephants : evolutionary ecology, behavior, and conservation

Author: R Sukumar
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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The Living Elephants is the authoritative resource for information on both Asian and African elephants. From the ancient origins of the proboscideans to the present-day crisis of the living elephants, this volume synthesizes the behavior, ecology and conservation of elephants, while covering also the history of human interactions with elephants, all within the theoretical framework of evolutionary biology. The book  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R Sukumar
ISBN: 0195107780 9780195107784
OCLC Number: 50684648
Description: xv, 478 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Moeritheres, Mastodonts, and Mammoths: Elephant Evolution in Action --
The Paleocene--Ancient Origins --
The Eocene--Aquatic Existence --
The Oligocene--Evolutionary Quiescence --
The Miocene--Evolutionary Diversification --
The Pliocene--Radiation of the Elephants --
The Pleistocene--The Final Burst and Then Collapse --
The Holocene--Calm after the Storm --
Genetics, Phylogeny, and Population Differentiation in the Elephants --
Elephants, Gods, and People: The Interrelationship of Culture and Ecology --
Historical Antecedents of the Elephant Culture in Asia --
The Rise of Elephant Armies in Asia --
The Rise of the Elephant-Headed God --
Ecology, Politics, and Culture --
From Ganesha to the Present --
The Capture and Use of the African Elephant --
Bulls, Musth, and Cows: The Elephantine Mating Game --
Estrus in the Female Elephant --
Musth in the Male Elephant --
Sexual Selection and Mate Choice --
Mothers, Children, and Aunts: The Social Life of Elephant Families --
Behavioral Development and Social Interactions in Elephants --
Communication in Elephants --
Home Range of Elephants --
Social Groups and Their Determinants --
The Evolution of Elephant Society --
Bamboos, Bark, and Bananas: The Diet of a Megaherbivore --
The Nature of the Elephant's Diet --
Isotopic Tracking of the Elephant's Diet --
Ecological Determinants of Diet in Elephants --
Nutrition and the Condition of Elephant Populations --
Forests, Fires, and Grasslands: The Impact of Elephants on Their Habitats --
The Nature of Vegetation Change in Elephant Habitats.
Responsibility: by Raman Sukumar.
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