Animal Traditions: Behavioural Inheritance in Evolution

Animal Traditions: Behavioural Inheritance in Evolution

by Eytan Avital, Eva Jablonka, Avital Eytan
     
 

Animal Traditions maintains that the assumption that the selection of genes supplies both a sufficient explanation of the evolution of behaviour and a true description of its course is, despite its almost universal acclaim, wrong. Eytan Avital and Eya Jablonka contend that evolutionary explanations must take into account the well-established fact that, in mammals and… See more details below

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Animal Traditions maintains that the assumption that the selection of genes supplies both a sufficient explanation of the evolution of behaviour and a true description of its course is, despite its almost universal acclaim, wrong. Eytan Avital and Eya Jablonka contend that evolutionary explanations must take into account the well-established fact that, in mammals and birds, the transfer of learnt information across generations is both ubiquitous and indispensable. The introduction of the behavioural inheritance system into the Darwinian explanatory scheme enables the authors to offer new interpretations for common behaviours such as maternal behaviours, behavioural 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. It will make stimulating reading for all those interested in evolutionary biology, sociobiology, behavioural 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
Acknowledgements
1New rules for old games1
2What is pulling the strings of behaviour?34
3Learning and the behavioural inheritance system63
4Parental care - the highroad to family traditions105
5Achieving harmony between mates - the learning route141
6Parents and offspring - too much conflict?171
7Alloparental care - an additional channel of information transfer208
8The origins and persistence of group legacies243
9Darwin meets Lamarck - the co-evolution of genes and learning304
10The free phenotype352
References371
Index of spectes404
Index of subjects412

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