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Written by two scientists widely experienced in paleontology and zoology, this compendium provides a detailed review of animal and plant fossil behavior in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. It includes a wide range of subjects and time periods and also compares patterns of behavior and co-evolution in the past with those of the present-day descendants. There is further discussion on how to evaluate the rates of evolution of behavior and co-evolution at various taxonomic levels. Keeping Boucot's trademark, easy-to-read style, the text includes many new findings in amber previously unpublished as well as reports not easily accessible.
Functional Morphology Specialized, Potentially Interacting Biological Substrates Mutualism Host--Parasite and Host--Parasitoid Relationships and Disease Density and Spacing Predation and Feeding Behaviors Communication Trace Fossils and Their Formers Specialized Substrates Sexual Behavior Parental Care Depth Behavior Phoresy Carrier Shells Pollination Ecology Social Insects Long-Range Migration Molting Sensitive Plants Reptilian and Mammalian Burrows and Dens Vertebrate Endocranial Casts Preening Grain-Size Selectors The Seagrass Community Complex Shelter Flying and Gliding Vertebrates Possible Genetic--Developmental Defects Teratologies Disease Marine Molluscan Larval Types and Their Behavior Competition Involving Bryozoans "Lost" Behaviors and Their Vestigial Evidence Stunting Oceanic vs. Neritic Human Behavior Summary and Conclusions References
Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA
! a unique contribution to paleobiology, containing an overwhelming amount of detailed data on the inferred and actual behavior of virtually every group of organisms preserved in the fossil record!beautifully illustrated with hundreds of photographs and drawings of individual specimens ! the authors have produced a tremendous contribution to modern paleontology. --Edward Peteuch, Florida Atlantic University, author of Cenozoic Seas: The View from North America "! an impressive collection of fossil material and literature ! This work takes paleobiology from a record of the succession of fossil taxa through time (certainly important to answering questions about evolution) to a much more exciting representation of changes in whole communities and ecosystems. ! This book will contribute greatly to our perspectives on how integrated communities and ecosystems have developed through time." --Timothy D. Schowalter, Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University