Exploring Animal Behavior: Readings from American Scientist

Exploring Animal Behavior: Readings from American Scientist

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Edited by Paul W. Sherman, Edited by John Alcock

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  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 277mm x 15mm | 1,134g
  • Publication date: 20 August 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Sunderland
  • ISBN 10: 1605351954
  • ISBN 13: 9781605351957
  • Edition: 6, Revised
  • Edition statement: 6th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (black and white)
  • Sales rank: 968,620

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This anthology contains 37 articles published since 1974 in American Scientist, the journal of the scientific society Sigma Xi. While sequenced particularly to complement John Alcock's Animal Behavior, this readily comprehensible and richly illustrated reader can stand alone as a sampler of the excitement and diversity of research approaches and organisms that constitute the modern study of animal behavior.

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Paul W. Sherman is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, USA. He studies the behavioural ecology of various mammals and birds, and teaches animal social behaviour and Darwinian medicine. John Alcock is 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 AND STUDYING BEHAVIOR 1. Scientists, Scholars, Knaves, and Fools; E.O.Wilson 2. Conduct, Misconduct, and the Structure of Science; J.Woodward and D.Goodstein 3. The Science of Scientific Writing; G.D.Gopen and J.A.Swan 4. Behavior Programs and Evolutionary Strategies; E.Mayr 5. Why Male Ground Squirrels Disperse; K.E.Holekamp and P.W.Sherman 6. Infanticide as a Primate Reproductive Strategy; S.Blaffer Hrdy PART II: THE ADAPTIVE VALUE OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR 7. The Honey Bee Colony as a Superorganism; T.D.Seeley 8. Group Decision Making in Honey Bee Swarms; T.D.Seeley, P.Kirk Visscher and K.M.Passino 9. Evolution for the Good of the Group; D.Sloan Wilson and E.O.Wilson 10. Making Decisions in the Family: An Evolutionary Perspective; S.T.Emlen, P.H.Wrege and N.J.Demong 11. Why Ravens Share; B.Heinrich and J.Marzluff 12. Naked Mole-Rats; R.L.Honeycutt 13. Kin Recognition in Animals; W.G.Holmes and P.W.Sherman 14. Yawning; R.R.Provine PART III: THE ADAPTIVE VALUE OF REPRODUCTIVE BEHAVIOR 15. The Evolution of Sexual Differences in Insects; R.Thornhill and D.T.Gwynne 16. Mating Behavior and Hermaphroditism in Coral Reef Fishes; R.R.Warner 17. Animal Genitalia and Female Choice; W.G.Eberhard 18. The Lion's Mane; P.M.West 19. Prairie-Vole Partnerships; L.L.Getz and C.S.Carter 20. Avian Siblicide; D.W.Mock, H.Drummond and C.H.Stinson 21. The Strategies of Human Mating; D.M.Buss PART IV: THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF BEHAVIOR 22. The Evolution of Communal Nest-Weaving in Ants; B.Holldobler and E.O.Wilson 23. Untangling the Evolution of the Web; W.A.Shear 24. Why Do Bowerbirds Build Bowers?; G.Borgia 25. Early Canid Domestication: The Farm-Fox Experiment; L.N.Trut 26. Protecting Ourselves from Food; P.W.Sherman and S.M.Flaxman PART V: THE MECHANISMS OF BEHAVIOR 27. From Society to Genes with the Honey Bee; G.E.Robinson 28. Testosterone and Aggression in Birds; J.C.Wingfield, G.F.Ball, A.M.Dufty, Jr., R.E.Hegner and M.Ramenofsky 29. Physiology of Helping in Florida Scrub-Jays; S.J.Schoech 30. Shaping Brain Sexuality; A.H.Bass 31. Aerial Defense Tactics of Flying Insects; M.May PART VI: COMMUNICATION BEHAVIOR AT FOUR LEVELS OF ANALYSIS 32. Bird Song and the Problem of Honest Communication; W.A.Searcy and S.Nowicki 33. Mozart's Starling; M.J.West and A.P.King 34. Marking Loons; W.Piper, J.Mager and C.Walcott 35. Vocal Matching in Animals; K.Sewall 36. The Complex Call of the Carolina Chickadee; T.M.Freeberg, J.R.Lucas and I.Krams 37. A Bigger, Better Brain; M.Bearzi and C.Stanford