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Dancing cockatoos and the dead man test : how behavior evolves and why it matters

Marlene Zuk (Author)
"A lively exploration of animal behavior in all its glorious complexity, from tiny wasps to lumbering elephants--and humans. It's time to leave behind the tired nature-versus-nurture debate. In Dancing Cockatoos and the Dead Man Test, Marlene Zuk asks a more fascinating question: How does behavior evolve, and how is that process similar--and different--in people and animals? Drawing from a wealth of research, including her own on insects, she explores how genes and the environment work together to produce cockatoos that dance to rock music and ants that heal their injured companions. She follows the different paths cats and dogs took to living with humans, and asks whether bees are domestic animals. In exploring intelligence, mating behavior, and fighting disease, Zuk turns to smart spiders, silent crickets, and crafty crows. She shows how neither our behavior nor that of other animals is dictated solely by genes, and that animal behavior can be remarkably similar to human behavior and wonderfully complicated in its own right"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2022
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W.W. Norton & Company, New York, NY, 2022
xix, 330 pages ; 25 cm
9781324007227, 1324007222
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Snakes, spiders, bees, and princesses: How behavior evolves
Clean-minded bees and courtship genes: The inheritance of behavior
Raised by wolves, would it really be so bad?: The first domestication
Wild-mannered: The other domestics
The anxious invertebrate: Animal mental illness
Dancing cockatoos and thieving gulls: Bird brains and the evolution of cognition
A soft spot for hard creatures: Invertebrate intelligence
Talking with the birds and the bees. And the monkeys: Animal language
The faithful coucal: Animals, genes, and sex roles
Protect and defend: Behavior and disease