Introduction to Animal Behavior

ISBN-10: 0534344054

ISBN-13: 9780534344054

Edition: 1st 1999

Authors: Roland J. Siiter

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With more emphasis than usual on the behavior of vertebrates and primates (although the author still includes classic bird and insect studies) the book examines how wild animals live, survive, and reproduce in their natural, wild habitats. This unique approach is presented in a straightforward manner without jargon, ensuring that students find the text informative and entertaining. Well-placed examples and explanations provide students with further opportunity to understand the application of the concepts.
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Book details

List price: $241.95
Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/24/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Introduction
What This Book Is About
History of the Study of Animal Behavior
Animal Classification
Questions about Animal Behavior
Summary
Scientific Approaches
Research Methods
The Beginning: Observational Methods
Experimental Methods
Correlational Methods
The Comparative Method
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Avoiding the Pitfall of Storytelling
A Detailed Example: Why Do Songbirds Sing? Research Ethics and Animal Welfare
Summary
Evolution
The Theory of Evolution
Evolution as Fact
Questions about Evolution
Ecology and Evolution
Summary
Genes And Heredity
Basic Genetics
Genetic Change and Evolution
Genes and Behavior
Artificial Selection (Selective Breeding)
Summary
Learning And Adaptation
Learning As an Adaptive Mechanism
Types of Learning and Their Functions
Adaptive Differences in Learners
Summary
Making A Living In The Wild
Foraging And Migration
Locating Food
Food Selection
Handling and Consuming Food
Migration as a Survival Strategy
Summary
Predators And Prey
Predator Behaviors
Defenses Against Predation
Evolutionary Arms Races
Summary
Competition And Territoriality
Competition for Food
Competition for Mates
Territoriality
Summary
Communication And Living In Groups
Channels of Communication
Functions of Communication
Group Living
Summary
Mating And Parenting
Sexual Conflict, Selection, And Courtship
Sexual Conflict
Alternative Reproductive Strategies
Summary
Mating Patterns
Monogamy
Polygyny
Polyandry
Promiscuity/Polygynandry
Summary
Parenting
The Evolution of Parental Investment
A Survey of Parenting Variations
Unusual Parenting Strategies
Natal Dispersal
Summary
Cooperation And Helping
Mutualism
Reciprocity
Kin Selection
Eusociality
Summary
Our Closest Relatives: The Primates
Primate Patterns
What Is a Primate? Prosimians
New World Monkeys
Old World Monkeys
Summary
Apes Great And Small
Swingers: Gibbons
Orangutans
Gorillas
Common Chimpanzees
The Other Chimpanzee: Bonobos
Can Apes Use Language? Summary
Learning And Early Experience In Primates
The Primate Advantage: Observational Learning
The Critical Role of Early Experiences
The Role of Play in Development
Do Animals Think? Summary
Evolutionary Psychology
Human Evolution
Comparative Human Behavior
Sexual Selection in Humans
Conclusions
Summary
Glossary
References
Name Index
Subject Index
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