Marmots: Social Behavior and Ecology

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Stanford University Press, 1989 - Science - 360 pages
In this book, based on over twenty years of study around the world, the author summarizes and synthesizes virtually everything that is known of the social behaviour and ecology of marmots. The organizing principle of the author's approach is evolution by natural selection - and thus, the degree to which the social behaviour of free-living animals can be interpreted as representing adaptations to particular environmental conditions. This book is essentially a single, widespread genus (genus Marmota comprising fourteen species found in North America and Eurasia. As such, it represents a productive union of theoretical insights from Darwinism and modern sociobiology, accompanied by a wealth of empirical data. Marmots are notable in that they constitute a relatively homogeneous group, made up of numerous species which greatly resemble each other. However, they occupy widely varying habitats - from temperate, lowland elevations to (more often) alpine meadows - and theory would predict behavioural adaptations to match their habitats.

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This book has fulfilled the desire of allthe readers who were really curious to know about behaviour and ecology and marmots. Author has discussed in all the possible expects of unfolded issues regarding marmots behaviour and its response towards various ecological parameters.


Taxonomy Physical Characteristics Habitats
Seasonal Patterns and Hibernation
Daily Activity Cycles
Foraging Predation and Burrows
Basic Patterns and Correlations

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About the author (1989)

David P. Barash holds a Ph.D. in zoology & is professor of psychology & zoology at the University of Washington. He has been especially active in the growth & development of sociobiology as a scientific discipline.

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