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Animal Behaviour By John Alcock

Animal Behaviour

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The author analyzes all aspects of the subject, stressing the utility of evolutionary theory in unifying different behavioural disciplines. However, the book treats both the ranging proximate mechanisms and the evolutionary, or ultimate causes of behavior.

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Animal Behaviour: An Evolutionary Approach by John Alcock

This edition has been completely rewritten and reorganized to include discoveries in the field and over 100 new illustrations. The author analyzes all aspects of the subject, stressing the utility of evolutionary theory in unifying different behavioural disciplines. However, the book treats both the ranging proximate mechanisms and the evolutionary, or ultimate causes of behaviour. The first chapter introduces the distinction between the two, and the rest of the text is organized into two main sections devoted to each. Examples are drawn from studies of invertibrates and vertibrates, and are supported by more than 1300 reference citations, many to recent articles. The book also emphasizes the tentative nature of scientific conclusions and identifies controversial and unresolved issues.

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Table of Contents


Evolutionary approach to animal behaviour; the proximate causes of behaviour - analyzing communication; development of behaviour - role of genes; development of behaviour - role of the environment; control of behaviour - organizing mechanisms; evolution of communication - historical pathways; evolution of communication - adaptation in signalers and receivers; adaptive responses to predators; adaptive feeding behaviour; choosing adaptively where to live; male and female reproductivity tactics; evolution of mating systems; adaptive tactics of parents; evolution of social behaviour; evolution of human behaviour.

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GOR003200874
Animal Behaviour: An Evolutionary Approach by John Alcock
John Alcock
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.
1997-11-12
625
0878930094
9780878930098
N/A
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