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Phylogenies and the Comparative Method in Animal Behaviour

Edited By: Emilia P Martins

415 pages, Figs, tabs

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Jun 1996 | #49980 | ISBN: 0195092104
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The contributions to this volume consider the impact of modern phylogenetic comparative methods on the study of animal behaviour, discussing the main issues that need to be considered in the design and analysis of a comparative study, the possible differences between the evolution of behaviour and the evolution of morphology, and reviews how phylogenetic comparative studies have been used in certain areas of behavioural research.

Should prove insightful for anyone studying animal behavior, behavioral ecology, neuroethology, sociobiology, and for biologists in general.--BIOSIS


1. Phylogenetics in behavior; 2. The statistical analysis of interspecific data; 3. How to study comparative methods for discrete characters; 4. The mechanistic bases of behavioral evolution; 5. Geographic variation in behavior; 6. Phylogenetic liability and rates of phenotypic evolution; 7. Comparing behavioral and morphological characters as indicators of phylogeny; 8. The phylogenetic content of avian courtship display and song evolution; 9. Comparative analysis of the origins and losses of eusociality; 10. Using comparative approaches to integrate behavior and population biology; 11. Phylogenetic interpretations of primate socioecology; 12. Using cladistic analysis of comparative data to reconstruct the evolution of cognitive development in hominids

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