Sperm Whales: Social Evolution in the Ocean

Sperm Whales: Social Evolution in the Ocean

by Hal Whitehead
     
 

Whitehead (biology, Dalhousie U., Canada) uses statistical methodologies to explore the social behavior and cultural traits of sperm whales within the context of their evolutionary and ecological niche. He devotes separate chapters to the habitat, migratory patterns, population dynamics, behavior and vocalizations, social structures, and culture (differentiable… See more details below

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Whitehead (biology, Dalhousie U., Canada) uses statistical methodologies to explore the social behavior and cultural traits of sperm whales within the context of their evolutionary and ecological niche. He devotes separate chapters to the habitat, migratory patterns, population dynamics, behavior and vocalizations, social structures, and culture (differentiable behavior among groups). This material is then used to tease out some hypotheses about social and cultural evolution in the open ocean. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226895178
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Conventions
Symbols and Abbreviations
Prologue: Observations of Sperm Whale Societies
1The Sperm Whale: An Animal of Extremes1
2The Oceanic Habitat of the Sperm Whale30
3The Sperm Whale: On the Move Through an Ocean78
4Sperm Whale Populations111
5Sperm Whale Behavior and Vocalizations133
6Sperm Whale Societies206
7Sperm Whale Cultures286
8Social and Cultural Evolution in the Ocean316
9Sperm Whales and the Future360
AppHow We Study the Sperm Whale375
References387
Index417

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