An Introduction to Animal Behavior: An Integrative Approach

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Tinbergen asked four general questions about animal behavior-causation, ontogeny, survival value, and evolution. In this book, authors Michael J. Ryan and Walter Wilczynski use these questions to explore basic concepts such as the function, evolution, and mechanism of behavior. Then the neurological and endocrine mechanisms of search for resources are described, using as examples foraging, sensing, finding, and deciding, orientation and migration. The biological mechanisms and evolutionary significance of social behavior are discussed through the examples of sex differences, mate choice, social bonding, cooperation, conflict, and aggression. This book provides a well-thought-out introduction to the complexity of animal behavior that will appeal to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professional scientists in other fields.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936113187
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Basic Concepts

1 Questions in Animal Behavior 1

2 Function and Evolution of Behavior 17

3 Mechanism and Acquisition of Behavior 35

The Search for Resources

4 Foraging: Sensing, Finding, and Deciding 59

5 Migration and Orientation 89

Social Behavior

6 Foundations of Social Behavior 121

7 Species Recognition, Mate Choice, and Sexual Selection 143

8 Social Bonding and Cooperation 183

9 Conflict and Aggression 215

Credits 241

Index 245

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