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The Sociobiology of Sexual and Reproductive Strategies

Edited By: Anne Rasa, Christian Vogel and Eckart Voland

300 pages, Figs, tabs

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1989 | #4472 | ISBN: 0412337800
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Reproduction is the key phenomenon of evolution. Many animals compete for reproductive success as a means of maximising inclusive fitness, whereas there are many that adopt altruistic behaviour ie: postponing or foregoing their own reproduction for the good of the species. This text presents the results of modern studies of these issues in animals and humans.


On sexual and reproductive strategies, C.Vogel. Part 1 New insights from genetics: the evolution of sex - DNA repair hypothesis, H.Bernstein et al. Part 2 Eco-ethological aspects of sexuality and reproduction in animal populations: sex-specific reproductive patterns in some terrestrial isopodes, K.Linsenmair; mate guarding in geese - awaiting female receptivity, protection of paternity or support of the female feeding?, J.Lamprecht; helping in dwarf mongoose societies - an alternative reproductive strategy, A.Rasa; reproductive strategies of female gelada baboons, R.Dunbar; reproductive strategies of subadult Barbary macaque males at Affenberg Salem, J.Kuester and A.Paul; infant mistreatment in langur monkeys - sociobiology bridled from its wrong end, V.Sommer. Part 3 Sociobiological aspects of human sexuality and reproductive strategies: male-female differences in the desire to have sexual intercourse with the anonymous new partner, D.Symons and B.Ellis; human courtship behaviour - biological bases and cognitive processing, G.Grammer; reproduction and sex-ratio manipulation through preferential female infanticide among Epipo, highlands of West New Guinea, W.Schiefenhovel; women's reproduction and longevity in a premodern population (Ostfriesland, Germany, 18th century), E.Voland and C.Engel; household composition and female reproductive strategies in Trinidadian village, M.Flinn; the sociocultural biology of Netsilingmuit female infanticide, C.Irwin; the costs of children and the adaptive scheduling of births, towards a sociobiological perspective on demography, N.Blurton Jones.

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