Animal Behavior: Das Original mit Ubersetzungshilfen. Easy Reading Edition: An Evolutionary Approach

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John Alcocks Standardwerk Animal Behavior - jetzt in Form eines völlig neuen Lehrbuchtyps, der speziell für die Studiensituation im deutschsprachigen Raum konzipiert wurde.*

Das erfolgreiche Lehrbuch Animal Behavior stellt die verschiedenen Aspekte tierischen Verhaltens in einen evolutionsbiologischen Rahmen. Es behandelt die grundlegenden Mechanismen des Verhaltens ebenso wie seine stammesgeschichtlichen Ursachen und betont die Bedeutung der Evolutionstheorie als einigendes Element der unterschiedlichen Teildisziplinen der Verhaltensbiologie. Wichtige Konzepte werden sowohl an Wirbellosen wie an Wirbeltieren verdeutlicht. Alcocks klarer und engagierter Schreibstil macht es auch Anfängern trotz der stark konzeptionellen Ausrichtung des Werkes leicht, den Stoff zu verstehen.

Die nun vorliegende achte Auflage des Standardwerkes wurde völlig neu geschrieben. Zahlreiche Erkenntnisse aus jüngster Zeit haben darin Eingang gefunden. Verständnisfragen direkt an den entsprechenden Textstellen regen dazu an, sich mit dem gerade gelesenen Stoff auseinanderzusetzen. Die beiden Kapitel über die Einflüsse von Vererbung und Umwelt auf die Entwicklung wurden vereint, um zu verdeutlichen, dass Entwicklungsprozesse sowohl von genetischen als auch von Umweltfaktoren abhängen.

Der Autor führt dem Leser immer wieder vor Augen, welche Rolle der Überprüfung von Theorien und Hypothesen zukommt und dass wissenschaftliche Schlussfolgerungen immer nur vorübergehend gültig sind. So werden in diesem Buch auch kontrovers diskutierte und bisher ungelöste Probleme angesprochen.

* Von Studierenden der Biowissenschaften wird heute erwartet, dass sie im Laufe ihres Studiums englische Literatur problemlos lesen und verstehen und schließlich auch Forschungsergebnisse auf Englisch kommunizieren können. Den Weg dorthin bereitet der neu entwickelte Lehrbuchtyp Easy Reading - Das Original mit Übersetzungshilfen. So bietet die vorliegende Ausgabe von Animal Behavior in einem zusammen:
den englischen Originaltext deutsche Übersetzungshilfen in der Randspalte deutschsprachige Verständnisfragen / Übungsaufgaben ein englisch-deutsches Glossar deutsch- und englischsprachige Kapitelzusammenfassungen

und auf der Website www.elsevier.de/alcock:
eine Übersicht über die im Buch erwähnten Arten (deutsch, englisch, lateinisch)
Internetlinks für Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz Wesentlicher Zusatznutzen der "Easy Reading"-Ausgabe ist, das Lesen des englischen Grundtextes zu erleichtern und in die spezielle wissenschaftliche Terminologie einzuführen. Wer dieses Buch durcharbeitet, steigert somit seine fachliche und seine sprachliche Kompetenz zugleich.

This new edition of Animal Behavior has been completely rewritten with coverage of much recent work in animal behavior, resulting in a thoroughly up-to-date text. Notable is the inclusion, for the first time, of discussion questions embedded in the text itself, rather than appended to the end of each chapter. This format is designed to encourage students to reflect on the material they have just digested while also making it easier for instructors to promote a problem-solving approach to the subject in their classes. Another key organizational improvement is the consolidation of what had been two separate chapters on the genetic and environmental influences on development. By combining this material, the new Chapter 3 makes a stronger, more tightly argued case for the view that development is a truly interactive process codependent on both genetic and environmental factors.
Like previous editions, the book shows how evolutionary biologists analyze all aspects of behavior. It is distinguished by its balanced treatment of both the underlying mechanisms and evolutionary causes of behavior, and stresses the utility of evolutionary theory in unifying the different behavio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783827417831
  • Publisher: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Language: German
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 580
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

John Alcock ist Regents' Professor für Biologie an der Arizona State University. Er hat in Harvard bei Ernst Mayr promoviert. Sein Forschungsschwerpunkt sind die Fortpflanzungssysteme bei Insekten und deren Verhaltensökologie; Forschungsreisen haben ihn unter anderem nach Costa Rica und Australien geführt. Alcock hat zahlreiche Fach- und auch Sachbücher für ein breites Publikum geschrieben.
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Table of Contents

1. An Evolutionary Approach to Animal Behavior Understanding Monogamy How to Discover the Causes of Behavior-Scientifically

2. Understanding the Proximate and Ultimate Causes of Bird Song Different Songs: Proximate Causes Different Songs: Ultimate Causes

3. The Development of Behavior What Causes Individuals To Develop Differently?
Evolution and Behavioral Development Adaptive Features of Behavioral Development

4. The Control of Behavior: Neural Mechanisms How Neurons Control Behavior The Proximate Basis of Stimulus Filtering Adaptation and the Proximate Mechanisms of Behavior

5. The Organization of Behavior: Neurons and Hormones How Neural Command Centers Organize Behavior Behavioral Schedules Hormones and the Organization of Reproductive Behavior

6. Behavioral Adaptations against Predators Mobbing Behavior and the Evolution of Adaptations The Cost-Benefit Approach to Anti-Predator Behavior Optimality Theory and Anti-Predator Behavior

7. The Evolution of Feeding Behavior Optimal Foraging Behavior Game Theory and Feeding Behavior More Darwinian Puzzles The Adaptive Value and History of a Complex Behavior

8. The Evolution of Selecting Where to Live Habitat Selection Migration Territoriality

9. The Evolution of Communication The Origins and Modification of a Signal The Adaptive Value of a Signal The History of a Signal-Receiving Mechanism Sensory Exploitation of Signal Receivers Adaptationist Questions about Communication

10. The Evolution of Reproductive Behavior The Evolution of Differences in Sex Roles Sexual Selection and Competition for Mates Sexual Selection and Mate Choice

11. The Evolution of Mating Systems Is Male Monogamy Adaptive?
The Puzzle of Polyandry The Diversity of Polygynous Mating Systems

12. The Evolution of Parental Care The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Parental Care Discriminating Parental Care The Evolution of Parental Favoritism

13. The Evolution of Social Behavior The Costs and Benefits of Social Life The Evolution of Helpful Behavior The Concept of Inclusive Fitness The Evolution of Eusocial Behavior

14. The Evolution of Human Behavior The Adaptationist Approach to Human Behavior Adaptive Mate Preferences Sexual Conflict Adaptive Parental Care Applications of Evolutionary Psychology

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