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An Introduction to Animal Behavior An Integrative Approach

By: Michael J Ryan and Walter Wilczynski
258 pages, 88 col & 3 b/w figs
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The study of animal behavior is one of the most integrative endeavors in biology - it encompasses how the behavior is acquired, how it works, why it has come to work as it does, and how it influences the behaving animal and the animals around it.

In this book, Michael J. Ryan and Walter Wilczynski address the interrelationship of these aspects of animal behavior, which Nikolaas Tinbergen codified in his "four questions" as causation, ontogeny, survival value, and evolution. In light of these questions, the authors first review some of the basic concepts of ultimate and proximate aspects of behavior. They make the argument that integrating different levels of analysis is critical for deriving a correct interpretation of behavior. In subsequent chapters, they review topics such as foraging, orientation and migration, sex differences, mate choice, social bonding, cooperation, conflict, and aggression.

The authors integrate information from molecular genomics through neuroscience, endocrinology, development, and learning to evolutionary genetics, selection, constraints, and phylogenetics to provide a concise but comprehensive look at current topics in animal behavior.

Contents

Preface
BASIC CONCEPTS
1. Questions in Animal Behavior
2. Function and Evolution of Behavior
3. Mechanism and Acquisition of Behavior
THE SEARCH FOR RESOURCES
4. Foraging: Sensing, Finding, and Deciding
5. Migration and Orientation
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
6. Foundations of Social Behavior
7. Species Recognition, Mate Choice, and Sexual Selection
8. Social Bonding and Cooperation
9. Conflict and Aggression
Credits
Index

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By: Michael J Ryan and Walter Wilczynski
258 pages, 88 col & 3 b/w figs
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