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Animal behaviour has been one of the fastest-growing scientific disciplines in the 21st century. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of behaviour, from its basis in the animal's anatomy and physiology to its adaptive value in the environment. Chris Barnard provides comprehensive coverage of the four major levels of enquiry: mechanism, development, function and evolution. He explores a range of ideas and approaches from different disciplines of behaviour study, with a focus on debates in 2003.
1. Questions about behaviour. 2. Evolution and behaviour. 3. Physiological mechanisms and behaviour. 4. Motivation and cognition. 5. Development: from genes to behaviour. 6. Development : maturation and learning. 7. Finding a place to live. 8. Finding food. 9. Social behaviour. 10. Mating and parental care. 11. Communication 12. Human behaviour.