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Overview

Following the theory of natural selection and how scientific logic promotes effective thinking, this textbook examines the evolution of feeding behavior, communication, mating systems, parental care, and social behavior in both invertebrates and vertebrates. The eighth edition combines the two chapters on the genetic and environmental influences on development. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The role of genes in the development of behavior, neural mechanisms & control of behavior, adaptive responses.

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New edition of a text which has been extensively rewritten to incorporate new evidence and topics, such as the origins of insect flight. Stresses the utility of evolutionary theory in unifying the different behavioral disciplines. Sixteen chapters are organized into two major sections, one dealing with the proximate mechanisms of behavior and the other with the ultimate or evolutionary causes. They emphasize the role of theory and hypothesis-testing in science and the tentative nature of scientific conclusions, and identify controversial and unresolved issues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878930203
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/13/1990
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 596

Table of Contents

1 An evolutionary approach to animal behavior 3
2 Understanding the proximate and ultimate causes of bird song 27
3 The development of behavior 55
4 The control of behavior : neural mechanisms 99
5 The organization of behavior : neurons and hormones 143
6 Behavioral adaptations for survival 175
7 The evolution of feeding behavior 209
8 Choosing where to live 241
9 The evolution of communication 275
10 The evolution of reproductive behavior 317
11 The evolution of mating systems 369
12 The evolution of parental care 405
13 The evolution of social behavior 437
14 The evolution of human behavior 479
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