Comparative Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary and Ecological Approach

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Allyn and Bacon, 1998 - Science - 569 pages
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Comparative Animal Behavior meets the need for a student friendly and comprehensive text in the rapidly expanding field of animal behavior. It achieves a good balance between recent, hot research and classic studies of animal behavior, in an organized and engaging manner. Comparative Animal Behavior surpasses other texts in its coverage of the rapidly developing area of evolutionary psychology and differs from standard texts in its organizational approach which is designed to draw students into the material in a way that no other animal behavior textbook does. Brief, rather than extensive, discussions of history are presented throughout the text to hold students interest. The amount of material integrating psychological and biological approaches surpasses the competition. Comparative Animal Behavior also responds to recent shifts in research and theoretical interests by providing current information in the areas of animal learning and cognition, parasitism, and mutualism. Maier describes his book as a labor of love, that reflects a life-long interest in the subject and over thirty-five years of teaching experience.

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Contents

A Brief History of the Scientific Study of Animal Behavior
3
Research Strategies
16
CHAPTER 19
19
Summary
22
CHAPTER 2
26
Population Genetics
32
Research Techniques
40
Changing Perspectives
47
Communication
277
CHAPTER 13
296
Limitations on Aggression
304
Peacemaking
312
Changing Perspectives
318
SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS
344
Commensalism
355
THE NEURAL CONTROL
366

Behavioral Development in Amphibians
53
The Evolution of Learning
74
Concept Formation
100
FEEDING
122
CHAPTER 7
146
Maximizing Defensive Efficiency
156
A Reprise
163
Reproductive Techniques and Strategies
169
ATTRACTION
194
Courtship
205
MATING SYSTEMS
220
Postcopulatory Competition
234
Changing Perspectives
241
COOPERATION
270
The Structure and Evolution of Nervous Systems
374
Human Evolution
384
THE CHEMICAL CONTROL
390
Hormones
399
Human Evolution
408
SENSORY SYSTEMS
414
Biological Clocks
431
Changing Perspectives
438
NAVIGATION
440
of Monarch Butterflies
451
Human Evolution
460
Emigration
466
EPILOGUE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUMAN
489
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