Marmots: Social Behavior and Ecology (Hardback)
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Marmots: Social Behavior and Ecology (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 01/10/1989
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In this book, based on over twenty years of study around the world, the author summarizes and synthesizes virtually everything that is known of the social behaviour and ecology of marmots. The organizing principle of the author's approach is evolution by natural selection - and thus, the degree to which the social behaviour of free-living animals can be interpreted as representing adaptations to particular environmental conditions. This book is essentially a single, widespread genus (genus Marmota comprising fourteen species found in North America and Eurasia. As such, it represents a productive union of theoretical insights from Darwinism and modern sociobiology, accompanied by a wealth of empirical data. Marmots are notable in that they constitute a relatively homogeneous group, made up of numerous species which greatly resemble each other. However, they occupy widely varying habitats - from temperate, lowland elevations to (more often) alpine meadows - and theory would predict behavioural adaptations to match their habitats. The author's own data, which comprise about two-thirds of the material, as well as the data of other researchers worldwide, suggest that the marmots provide a coherent system for understanding how behaviour adapts to differing environmental conditions.

Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804715348
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 237 x 158 x 31 mm

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