Exploring Animal Behavior

Exploring Animal Behavior : Readings from American Scientist

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This anthology contains 37 articles published since 1974 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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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 215.9 x 276.86 x 15.24mm | 1,133.98g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 6th ed. 2013
  • 372 p.
  • 1605351954
  • 9781605351957
  • 1,486,308

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.Goodstein3. The Science of Scientific Writing; G.D.Gopen and J.A.Swan 4. Behavior Programs and Evolutionary Strategies; E.Mayr5. Why Male Ground Squirrels Disperse; K.E.Holekamp and P.W.Sherman6. Infanticide as a Primate Reproductive Strategy; S.Blaffer Hrdy PART II: THE ADAPTIVE VALUE OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR7. 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.Passino9. Evolution for the Good of the Group; D.Sloan Wilson and E.O.Wilson10. Making Decisions in the Family: An Evolutionary Perspective; S.T.Emlen, P.H.Wrege and N.J.Demong11. 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.Sherman14. Yawning; R.R.Provine PART III: THE ADAPTIVE VALUE OF REPRODUCTIVE BEHAVIOR15. 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 BEHAVIOR22. The Evolution of Communal Nest-Weaving in Ants; B.Hoelldobler and E.O.Wilson23. 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 BEHAVIOR27. From Society to Genes with the Honey Bee; G.E.Robinson28. 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.MayPART 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
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About John Alcock

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.
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