Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach

Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach, by Alcock, John
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Picture of Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach, by Alcock, John. Sinauer Associates: Sunderland, Massachusetts, 1997. Edition: Sixth edition. ISBN: 0878930094. Hardcover, xiv,640, G-6, B-51, IC-1, I-18 pages. Pictorial paper over boards. Well illustrated with photographs (B&W and color), line drawings, and charts. Includes Glossary, 51-page Bibliography, Illustration Credits, and Index.

Condition: New and unread. Cover exhibits minor rubbing. No jacket, as issued.

Contents: An authoratative textbook on animal behavior, with an extensive bibliography, including over 1300 citations from scientific publications. Every point in the book is illustrated with one or more examples of specific animal behavior. Numerous charts, graphs, drawings and photographs illustrate each chapter. The list of chapters and a small sample of the subheadings follows:

  1. An Evolutionary Approach to Animal Behavior: How and Why questions about proximate and ultimate causes of behavior; Darwinian Theory; alternative hypotheses.
  2. The Proximate Causes of Behavior: Analyzing Communication: Differences between species, between sexes, and between individuals. Examples from song birds, human speech.
  3. The Development of Behavior: The Role of Genes: How genetic differences affect behavioral development; artificial selection experiments; alternative phenotypes.
  4. The Development of Behavior: The Role of the Environment: Interactive theory; early experience; evolution of behavioral flexibility, benefits and costs; evolution of developmental homeostasis.
  5. The Control of Behavior: Neural mechanisms: Nerve cells; sensory basis of navigation; mechanisms of motor control.
  6. The Control of Behavior: Organizing Mechanisms: Neural inhibition among command centers; circadian mechanisms; long-term cycles; changing social environment; hormones.
  7. The Evolution of Communication: Historical Pathways: The history of a signal; evolution of flapping wings; sensory preferences.
  8. The Evolution of Communication: Adaptation in Signalers and Receivers: Questions: Why different bird songs for different species? Are dialects adaptive? Identifying Darwinian puzzles.
  9. Adaptive Responses to Predators: Minimizing detection, attacks, capture, and consumption. Cryptic behavior; warning coloration and Batesian mimicry; the selfish herd. Monarch butterfly defense systems.
  10. Adaptive Feeding Behavior: Locating, selecting and consuming food. Capturing prey. Honey bee dances; roosts and breeding colonies; optimal mussel selection by oystercatchers.
  11. Choosing Adaptively Where to Live: Habitat selection; inbreeding avoidance; costs and benefits of migration; territoriality.
  12. Male and Female Reproductive Tactics: Evolution of sex differences; social dominance and male fitness; female choice; sexual harassment and forced copulation.
  13. The Evolution of Mating Systems: The puzzle of monogamous males; polyandry; polygyny. Why do males aggregate in leks?
  14. The Adaptive Tactics of Parents: parental care more often provided by females; discriminating and nondiscriminating parental care; evolution of parental favoritism.
  15. The Adaptive Value of Social Living: Costs and benefits of sociality; evolution of helpful behavior; eusocial behavior.
  16. The Evolution of Human Behavior:Sociobiology controversy; diversity of human cultures; mate choice by females; conflict between the sexes.

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