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Exploring Animal Behavior

Readings from "American Scientist"



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Exploring Animal Behavior: Readings from "American Scientist"
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This anthology contains 34 articles published since 1977 in American Scientist, the journal of the scientific society Sigma Xi. Articles illustrate how behaviourists think about and conduct their research, and provide greater insight into the behaviour of selected vertebrate and invertebrate species than most textbook accounts. While sequenced particularly to complement John Alcock's Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach, this readily comprehensible and richly illustrated reader will enhance courses based on other textbooks as well. Indeed, the book can stand alone as a sampler of the excitement and diversity of research approaches and organisms that constitute the modern study of animal behaviour.

Table of Contents

PART I: DOING SCIENCE; Scientists, Scholars, Knaves, and Fools - E.O.Wilson; Integrity in Science - L.M.Branscomb; Conduct, Misconduct, and the Structure of Science - J.Woodward & D.Goodstein; The Science of Scientific Writing - G.D.Gopen & J.A.Swan; Infanticide as a Primate Reproductive Strategy - S.B.Hrdy; Primate Social Behavior in a Changing World - R.Curtin & P.Dolhinow; PART II: THE MECHANISMS OF BEHAVIOR; Why Male Ground Squirrels Disperse - K.E.Holekamp & P.W.Sherman; From Society to Genes with the Honey Bee - G.E.Robinson; Animal Thinking - D.R.Griffin; What Do Animals Think About Numbers? - M.D.Hauser; The Nature of Emotions - R.Plutchik; Mozart's Starling - M.J.West & A.P.King; Testosterone and Aggression in Birds - J.C.Wingfield, G.F.Ball, A.M.Dufty, R.E.Hegner, M.Ramenofsky; Prenatal Hormone Exposure and Sexual Variation - J.G.Vandenbergh; Physiology of Helping in Florida Scrub-Jays - S.J.Schoech; Shaping Brain Sexuality - A.H.Bass; Aerial Defense Tactics of Flying Insects - M.May; PART III: THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF BEHAVIOR; The Evolution of Communal Nest-Weaving in Ants - B.Holldobler & E.O.Wilson; Untangling the Evolution of the Web - W.A.Shear; Why Do Bowerbirds Build Bowers? - G.Borgia; Early Canid Domestication: The Farm-Fox Experiment - L.N.Trut; Protecting Ourselves from Food - P.W.Sherman & S.M.Flaxman; PART IV: THE ADAPTIVE VALUE OF REPRODUCTIVE BEHAVIOR; The Evolution of Sexual Differences in Insects - R.Thornhill & D.T.Gwynne; Animal Genitalia and Female Choice - W.G.Eberhard; Prairie-Vole Partnerships - L.L.Getz & C.S.Carter; Mating Behavior and Hermaphroditism in Coral Reef Fishes - R.R.Warner, A.Siblicide, D.W.Mock, H.Drummond, and C.H.Stinson; The Strategies of Human Mating - D.M.Buss; The Evolution of Jealousy - C.R.Harris; PART V. THE ADAPTIVE VALUE OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR; Why Ravens Share - B.Heinrich & J.Marzluff; Making Decisions in the Family: An Evolutionary Perspective - S.T.Emlen, P.H.Wrege, and N.J.Demong; Naked Mole-Rats - R.L.Honeycutt; The Honey Bee Colony as a Superorganism - T.D.Seeley; The Adaptive Value of Religious Ritual - R.Sosis
Release date NZ
March 31st, 2005
Edited by John Alcock Edited by Paul W. Sherman
Country of Publication
United States
4th Revised edition
180 illustrations
Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.
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