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Animal Behaviour: Evolution and Mechanisms (Hardback)
  • Animal Behaviour: Evolution and Mechanisms (Hardback)

Animal Behaviour: Evolution and Mechanisms (Hardback)

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Hardback 707 Pages / Published: 29/03/2010
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The study of animal behaviour has become one of the fastest growing b- logical disciplines in recent decades. This development can be easily - ferred, for example, from the steady increase in the total number of pub- cations on any aspect of animal behaviour, in particular also in journals with a more general readership (e. g. Nature, Proceedings of the Royal - ciety or Current Biology), the ever-increasing number of participants at - ternational conferences (e. g. IEC or ISBE), and from the growing numbers of students choosing courses in this field. This development has several causes, of which I find three particularly compelling. First, it is incre- ingly being appreciated that behaviour is the crucial level at which an in- vidual's genotype and phenotype interface with the environment. Rec- nising behaviour as the main mechanism animals employ to ascertain their homeostasis, growth, survival and reproduction therefore provides a deep understanding of organismal integration and adaptation. Second, the ast- ishing success of the study of animal behaviour also has importantly to do with the intellectual flexibility and methodological inter-disciplinarity - quired for comprehensive analyses of behaviour. Today, students of beh- iour are jacks-of-all-trades; importing, applying and improving methods from many neighbouring disciplines, such as molecular genetics, physi- ogy or micro-electronics, as well as concepts and theories from less ob- ous sources, such as economics or sociology, for example.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 9783642026232
Number of pages: 707
Weight: 1253 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 36 mm


From the reviews:

This is a well-organized volume about animal behaviour and behavioural ecology. The editor of this book, Dr. Peter Kappeler, is a prominent primate researcher who has edited several books that have had a strong impact on primate research. (...) I recommend this book to all students and researchers studying the behavioural ecology of primates.

Primates, 2010

"This work is a large, weighty, informative ... set of edited chapters on many aspects of animal behavior. Kappeler ... tried to unify the 21 chapters by asking authors to focus on mechanisms and evolution. ... All provide thorough reviews and formidable reference lists. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above." (J. A. Mather, Choice, Vol. 48 (3), November, 2010)

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