Animal Traditions: Behavioural Inheritance in Evolution

Animal Traditions: Behavioural Inheritance in Evolution

by Eytan Avital, Eva Jablonka, Avital Eytan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521022118

ISBN-13: 9780521022118

Pub. Date: 11/03/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Despite its almost universal acclaim, the authors contend that evolutionary explanations must take into account the well-established fact that in mammals and birds, the transfer of learned information is both ubiquitous and indispensable. Animal Traditions maintains the assumption that selection of genes supplies both a sufficient explanation of evolution and a

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Despite its almost universal acclaim, the authors contend that evolutionary explanations must take into account the well-established fact that in mammals and birds, the transfer of learned information is both ubiquitous and indispensable. Animal Traditions maintains the assumption that selection of genes supplies both a sufficient explanation of evolution and a true description of its course. The introduction of the behavioral inheritance system into the Darwinian explanatory scheme enables the authors to offer new interpretations for common behaviors such as maternal behaviors, behavioral conflicts within families, adoption, and helping. This approach offers a richer view of heredity and evolution, integrates developmental and evolutionary processes, suggests new lines for research, and provides a constructive alternative to both the selfish gene and meme views of the world. This book will make stimulating reading for all those interested in evolutionary biology, sociobiology, behavioral ecology, and psychology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521022118
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/03/2005
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. New rules for old games; 2. What is pulling the strings of behaviour?; 3. Learning and the behavioural inheritance system; 4. Parental care - the highroad to family traditions; 5. Achieving harmony between mates - the learning route; 6. Parents and offspring - too much conflict?; 7. Alloparental care - an additional channel of information transfer; 8. The origins and persistence of group legacies; 9. Darwin meets Lamarck - the co-evolution of genes and learning; 10. The free phenotype; References; Species index; Subject index.

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