Exploring Animal Behavior: Readings from American Scientist

Exploring Animal Behavior: Readings from American Scientist


Edited by Paul W. Sherman, Edited by John Alcock

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  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 377 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 274mm x 18mm | 1,157g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Sunderland
  • ISBN 10: 087893815X
  • ISBN 13: 9780878938155
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 1,766,393

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This anthology contains 38 articles published since 1977 in American Scientist, the journal of the scientific society Sigma Xi. The richly illustrated articles provide a picture of how behaviourists think about and conduct their research, as well as insights into the behaviour of selected vertebrate and invertebrate species.

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PAUL W. SHERMAN, Professor, Cornell University USA. He studies the behavioural ecology of various mammals and birds, and teaches animal social behaviour and Darwinian medicine. JOHN ALCOCK, Regents' Professor of Biology, Arizona State University, USA. His research deals with the behavioural ecology of insect mating systems. He 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: DOING SCIENCE Scientists, Scholars, Knaves, and Fools; E.O.Wilson Conduct, Misconduct, and the Structure of Science; J.Woodward & D.Goodstein The Science of Scientific Writing; G.D.Gopen & J.A.Swan Infanticide as a Primate Reproductive Strategy; S.Blaffer Hrdy PART II: THE MECHANISMS OF BEHAVIOR Why Male Ground Squirrels Disperse; K.E.Holekamp & P.W.Sherman Bird Song and the Problem of Honest Communication; W.A.Searcy & S.Nowicki Mozart's Starling; M.J.West & A.P.King UV Lights up Marine Fish; J.P.Zamzow, P.A.Nelson & G.S.Losey Animal Thinking; D.R.Griffin What Do Animals Think about Numbers?; M.D.Hauser Testosterone and Aggression in Birds; J.C.Wingfield, G.F.Ball, A.M.Dufty, Jr., R.E.Hegner & M.Ramenofsky Physiology of Helping in Florida Scrub-Jays; S.J.Schoech Shaping Brain Sexuality; A.H.Bass Aerial Defense Tactics of Flying Insects; M.May PART III: THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF BEHAVIOR The Evolution of Communal Nest-Weaving in Ants; B.Holldobler & E.O.Wilson Untangling the Evolution of the Web; W.A.Shear Why Do Bowerbirds Build Bowers?; G.Borgia Early Canid Domestication: The Farm-Fox Experiment; L.N.Trut Protecting Ourselves from Food; P.W.Sherman & S.M.Flaxman PART IV: THE ADAPTIVE VALUE OF REPRODUCTIVE BEHAVIOR The Evolution of Sexual Differences in Insects; R.Thornhill & D.T.Gwynne Mating Behavior and Hermaphroditism in Coral Reef Fishes; R.R.Warner Animal Genitalia and Female Choice; W.G.Eberhard The Lion's Mane; P.M.West Prairie-Vole Partnerships; L.L.Getz & C.S.Carter Avian Siblicide; D.W.Mock, H.Drummond & C.H.Stinson The Strategies of Human Mating; D.M.Buss PART V: THE ADAPTIVE VALUE OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR Why Ravens Share; B.Heinrich & J.Marzluff Making Decisions in the Family: An Evolutionary Perspective; S.T.Emlen, P.H.Wrege & N.J.Demong Naked Mole-Rats; R.L.Honeycutt Kin Recognition in Animals; W.G.Holmes & P.W.Sherman Yawning; R.R.Provine The Adaptive Value of Religious Ritual; R.Sosis The Cognitive Psychology of Belief in the Supernatural; J.M.Bering PART VI: HONEY BEE BEHAVIOR AT MULTIPLE LEVELS OF ANALYSIS From Society to Genes with the Honey Bee; G.E.Robinson Group Decision Making in Honey Bee Swarms; T.D.Seeley, P.Kirk Visscher & K.M.Passino Evolution for the Good of the Group; D.Sloan Wilson & E.O.Wilson The Essence of Royalty: Honey Bee Queen Pheromone; M.L.Winston & K.N.Slessor The Honey Bee Colony as a Superorganism; T.D.Seeley