Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach

Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach

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By (author) John Alcock

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  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 522 pages
  • Dimensions: 229mm x 274mm x 23mm | 1,338g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Sunderland
  • ISBN 10: 0878939660
  • ISBN 13: 9780878939664
  • Edition: 10, Revised
  • Edition statement: 10th Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 82,375

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The tenth edition features a major reorganisation, focusing first on the evolutionary basis of behavior followed by the underlying proximate mechanisms. Enduring features of previous editions also remain; the clear engaging writing style, the beautifully illustrated text with many new photographs and numerous references to new scientific articles.

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John Alcock is Regents' Professor Emeritus of Biology at Arizona State University, USA. His research deals with the behavioral ecology of insect mating systems, with projects that have taken him from Arizona to Costa Rica and Australia. He wrote The Triumph of Sociobiology (2001) and coauthored The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems (1983) with Randy Thornhill. Alcock has also written seven other books on animal behavior and natural history for general audiences. One of these, In a Desert Garden, received the Burroughs' Award for natural history writing in 1998. Dr. Alcock also received the Dean's Quality Teaching Award the first year it was given at Arizona State University.

Table of contents

PART I: AN INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL BEHAVIOR 1. The Behavioral Ecology of a Digger Bee 2. The Science of Behavioral Biology PART II: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND THE EVOLUTION OF ALTRUISM 3. Explaining Altruism: Intelligent Design? 4. Kin Selection and Inclusive Fitness Theory 5. The History of Behavioral Traits 6. Kin Selection and Social Conflict PART III: THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR 7. The Evolution of Helpful Behavior 8. Kin Selection and Helpful Behavior 9. Helpers at the Nest: A Darwinian Puzzle 10. Altruism in Vertebrates and Insects: A Comparison PART IV: THE EVOLUTION OF COMMUNICATION 11. The History of a Strange Display 12. Sensory Exploitation and the Origin of Communication Signals 13. The Behavioral Ecology of Communication PART V: AVOIDING PREDATORS AND FINDING FOOD 14. The Definition of Adaptation 15. Testing Adaptationist Hypotheses 16. A Cost-Benefit Approach to Social Defenses 17. A Cost-Benefit Approach to Cryptic Behavior 18. Optimality Theory and Antipredator Behavior 19. Optimality Theory and Foraging Decisions 20. Game Theory, Feeding Behavior and Another Darwinian Puzzle PART VI: THE EVOLUTION OF HABITAT SELECTION, TERRITORIALITY, AND MIGRATION 24. Habitat Selection and Ideal Free Distribution Theory 25. When to Invest in Territorial Defense 26. Dispersal and Migration PART VII: THE EVOLUTION OF REPRODUCTIVE BEHAVIOR 27. Sexual Selection and Bowerbird Behavior 28. Sexual Selection and Parental Investment 29. Sexual Selection and the Competition for Mates 30. Sexual Selection and Sperm Competition 31. Sexual Selection and Mate Choice PART VIII: THE EVOLUTION OF MATING SYSTEMS 32. Is Male Monogamy Adaptive? 33. Monogamous Males, Polyandrous Females 34. What Do Females Gain from Polyandry? 35. Why Are There So Many Kinds of Polygynous Mating Systems? PART IX: THE EVOLUTION OF PARENTAL CARE 36. The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Parental Care 37. Discriminating Parental Care 38. The Puzzle of Parental Favoritism PART X: PROXIMATE AND ULTIMATE CAUSES OF BEHAVIOR 39. Connecting the Four Levels of Analysis 40. The Proximate and Ultimate Causes of Monogamy in Prairie Voles 41. The Proximate Causes of Bird Song 42. The Ultimate Causes of Bird Song 43. Proximate and Ultimate Causes Are Complementary PART XI: THE DEVELOPMENT OF BEHAVIOR 44. The Nature or Nurture Misconception 45. Environmental Differences Can Cause Behavioral Differences 46. Genetic Differences Can Also Cause Behavioral Differences 47. Evolution and Behavioral Development PART XII: EVOLUTION, NERVOUS SYSTEMS, AND BEHAVIOR 48. Complex Responses to Simple Stimuli 49. Detecting, Processing, and Responding to Ecologically Significant Stimuli 50. The Proximate Basis of Stimulus Filtering 51. The Evolution of Cognitive Skills PART XIII: HOW NEURONS AND HORMONES ORGANIZE BEHAVIOR 52. Neural Command and Control 53. Hormonal Modulation of Behavior 54. The Costs of Hormonal Regulation PART XIV: THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR 55. Language and the Four Levels of Analysis 56. The Evolutionary Analysis of Mate Choice 57. The Evolutionary Analysis of Sexual Conflict 58. Practical Applications of Evolutionary Theory 59. The Triumph of an Evolutionary Analysis of Human Behavior