Animal Behavior An Evolutionary Approach

Author: John Alcock
Publisher: Sinauer Associates is an imprint of Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0878939660
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This new edition of Animal Behavior has been thoroughly rewritten with coverage of much recent work in animal behavior. The scope of the changes for the tenth edition, however, is much more all-encompassing than that of past revisions. Thoughtful suggestions from many readers inspired a major reorganization of the material, such that the new book presents the central concepts of animal behavior in a different sequence from prior editions:

The Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. Instead of introducing the concept of proximate and ultimate causation and then focusing heavily on the proximate mechanisms of behavior in the early chapters, this edition focuses first on the evolutionary basis of behavior. Chapter 1 presents the concept of a Darwinian puzzle, a trait that exists even though it seems to reduce the reproductive success of individuals, in which case it should have been eliminated by natural selection. The emphasis on Darwinian puzzles continues, with an in-depth discussion of the evolution of altruism in Chapter 2 (versus Chapter 14) and subsequent exploration of the adaptive value of a broad range of traits from anti-predator activities to reproductive and parental behaviors.

The Distinction between Proximate and Ultimate Causation in Biology. Once the major findings of behavioral ecology have been examined, the book turns its attention to the proximate mechanisms underlying animal behavior. Here, too, the emphasis remains on the evolutionary puzzles provided by particular developmental and neurophysiological mechanisms. This approach provides continuity with earlier chapters while helping readers see the connections between adaptive behaviors and the adaptive internal systems that make those behaviors possible.

The Procedures That Scientists Use to Test Their Tentative Explanations for Such Things as Darwinian Puzzles. Throughout, the text shows how researchers use scientific logic to study the underlying mechanisms and the evolutionary bases of behavior. The emphasis is on how evolutionary theory unifies the various subdisciplines within animal behavior. These points are highlighted again in the final chapter on human behavior, with its treatment of the proximate and ultimate causes of language and the evolution of mate choice in our species.

Enduring features of prior editions remain evident in this new book: the clear, engaging writing style; text beautifully illustrated with many new photographs; references to a large number of new scientific articles; and a substantial number of new and old discussion questions embedded in the text.

For Instructors

Available to qualified adopters of Animal Behavior, the Tenth Edition Instructor's Resource Library contains a variety of teaching and laboratory resources. The IRL includes the following:

Textbook Figures & Tables All of the textbook's figures (art and photographs) and tables are provided in both JPEG (high- and low-resolution) and PowerPoint formats. All of the images have been formatted and optimized for excellent projection quality.

Animal Behavior Video Collection This collection of video segments brings to life many of the specific behaviors discussed in the textbook. Compiled from the collection of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library and from many individual researchers, these clips are great for use in class. The segments are short and easy to incorporate into lectures. All segments are provided as QuickTime movies and in ready-to-use PowerPoint presentations.

Teaching Animal Behavior: An Instructor's Manual to Accompany Animal Behavior, Tenth Edition
Teaching Animal Behavior offers instructors several resources to facilitate the preparation of lectures, quizzes, and exams. Contents include:

* Answers to the discussion questions presented in the textbook
* Sample quiz questions and answers
* Sample exam questions and answers
* Descriptions to accompany the collection of animal behavior videos
* A listing of films on animal behavior for use in the classroom

Learning the Skills of Research: Animal Behavior Exercises in the Laboratory and Field
Edited by Elizabeth M. Jakob and Margaret Hodge

Students learn best about the process of science by carrying out projects from start to finish. Animal behavior laboratory classes are particularly well-suited for independent student research, as high-quality projects can be conducted with simple materials and in a variety of environments. The exercises in this electronic lab manual are geared to helping students learn about all stages of the scientific process: hypothesis development, observing and quantifying animal behavior, statistical analysis, and data presentation. Additional exercises allow the students to practice these skills, with topics ranging from habitat selection in isopods to human navigation. Both student and instructor documentation is provided. Data sheets and other supplementary material are offered in editable formats that instructors can modify as desired.

Animal Behavior

Author: John Alcock
Publisher: Sinauer Associates Incorporated
ISBN: 9780878939664
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This title offers a treatment of the underlying mechanisms and evolutionary bases of behaviour with a focus on the importance of evolutionary theory for the unification of the different behavioural disciplines.

Exploring Animal Behavior

Author: Paul W. Sherman
Publisher: Sinauer Associates Incorporated
ISBN: 9780878938155
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This anthology contains 38 articles published since 1977 in American Scientist , the journal of the scientific society Sigma Xi. The richly illustrated articles provide a picture of how behaviourists think about and conduct their research, ...

Animal Behavior

Author: Shawn Nordell
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780190276782
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EMPHASIZES CONCEPTS. Animal Behavior: Concepts, Methods, and Applications, Second Edition, takes a conceptual approach that highlights the process of science and the real-world applications of animal behavior research.

An Introduction To Animal Behaviour

Author: Aubrey Manning
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107000165
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A beautifully written introduction to the fundamentals of animal behaviour, this revised and updated edition is now in full colour.

Principles Of Animal Behavior

Author: Lee Alan Dugatkin
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393922332
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The Third Edition is now also the most comprehensive and balanced in its approach to the theoretical framework behind how biologists study behavior.

An Introduction To Behavioural Ecology

Author: Nicholas B. Davies
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444398466
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Additional resources for this book can be found at: www.wiley.com/go/davies/behaviouralecology This textbook helped to define the field of Behavioural Ecology.

Animal Behavior An Evolutionary Approach

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Dog Behaviour Evolution And Cognition

Author: Ã?dám Miklósi
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191580139
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This is the first book to collate and synthesize the recent burgeoning primary research literature on dog behaviour, evolution, and cognition.

Marine Mammals

Author: Annalisa Berta
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0123972574
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Earlier editions of this valuable work are considered required reading for all marine biologists concerned with marine mammals, and this text continues that tradition of excellence with updated citations and an expansion of nearly every ...

Nerve Cells And Animal Behaviour

Author: Peter Simmons
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052189977X
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This book explains the neuronal basis of animal behaviour to final year undergraduates and postgraduates without needing detailed knowledge of neurophysiology.