Animal Behavior: How and Why Animals Do the Things They Do, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Ken Yasukawa
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  • ISBN-10: 0313398712
  • ISBN-13: 9780313398711
  • DDC: 591.5
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 1256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The three volumes of Animal Behavior: How and Why Animals Do the Things They Do cover the breadth of the field, addressing causation, development, function, and evolution in a wide range of animals, from invertebrates to humans. Inspired by Nobel laureate Nikolaas Tinbergen's work, the first two volumes follow Tinbergen's four classic questions of animal behavior, while the third volume supplies integrated examples of Tinbergen's investigative process applied in specific cases. Written in an engaging, accessible manner ideal for college students as well as general audiences, this evidence-based collection provides a fascinating tour of animal behaviorists' findings, such as how animal communication can be truthful or deceitful, the deadly serious business behind clashes in the "battle of the sexes," and how documentation of animal behavior can lead to a deeper understanding of human behavior. Each chapter provides both historical background and information about current developments in animal behavior knowledge.



  • Ken Yasukawa

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: This Is How We Do It: The Scientific Study of Animal Behavior.
2: In the Beginning: A History of Animal Behavior.
3: Being Direct: Can Pigeons Plan Ahead?.
4: Social Learning, Tradition, and Culture: Data and Debate.
5: Behavioral Genetics: Beyond Nature and Nurture.
6: Neural Systems, Behavior, and Evolution: Integrating Proximate and Ultimate Analyses of Behavior.
7: Hormones and Animal Behavior.
8: Epigenetics and Animal Behavior.
9: Behavioral Development and Ontogenetic Adaptation.
10: The Individual in Context: A Social Network Approach to the Study of Behavior.
11: A Time for Every Purpose: Biological Clocks and Animal Behavior.
12: Getting There: Animal Orientation, Navigation, and Migration.
About the Editors and Contributors.
Volume 1 Index.
Title Page.
1: Finding Food: Foraging Affects All Aspects of an Animal's Life.
2: Predation and Antipredator Behavior.
3: Animal Communication: How and Why Animals Communicate—or Do They?.
4: Mating Systems and the Measurement of Sexual Selection.
5: The Evolution of Ornaments and Armaments.
6: Sexual Conflict: All's Not Fair in Love—It's War!.
7: A Nest of Vipers: Conflict and Cooperation in Families.
8: Make Space Enough between You: Intraspecific Variation in Animal Spacing.
9: Let's Get Together: The Evolution of Social Behavior.
10: Ecological and Evolutionary Feedbacks in the Evolution of Aggression.
11: Altruism and Kinship.
12: Evolutionary History of Behavior.
About the Editor and Contributors.
Volume 2 Index.
Title Page.
1: Integrated Studies of Stickleback Behavior.
2: Friends and Enemies: How Social Dynamics Shape Communication and Song Learning in Song Sparrows.
3: A Tale of Two Spiders: Investigating Communication in Two Unique Model Species Using Video Digitization and Playback.
4: Studying Lifelong Male-Male Partnerships in a Tropical Bird.
5: Be Loved, Be Prey, Be Eaten.
6: Siblicide in Birds.
7: Referential Signals: A Window into Animal Minds.
8: Cotton-top Tamarins: Research for Conservation and Understanding Human Behavior.
9: Avian Brood Parasitism: How to Spot a Foreign Egg in the Nest?.
10: How Animals Remember Places and Find Their Way Around.
11: Cognitive Repertoire, Cognitive Legacies, and Collective Reasoning: The Next Frontiers in Conservation Behavior.
12: Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder: Potentially Adaptive Individual Differences in Human Mate Preferences.
About the Editor and Contributors.
About the Editorial Board.
Volume 3 Index.