How animals behave is crucial to their survival and reproduction The application of new molecular tools such as DNA fingerprinting and genomics is causing a revolution in the study of animal behavior, while developments in computing and image analysis allow us to investigate behavior in ways never previously possible By combining these with the traditional methods of observation and experiments, we are now learning about animal behavior than ever before.In this Very Short Introduction Tristram D Wyatt discusses how animal behavior has evolved, how behaviors develop in each individual considering the interplay of genes, epigenetics, and experience , how we can understand animal societies, and how we can explain collective behavior such as swirling flocks of starlings Using lab and field studies from across the animal kingdom, he analyzes what drives behavior, and explores instinct, learning, and culture Looking widely at behavioral ecology, he also considers some aspects of human behavior.ABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area These pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable....
|Title||:||Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press 23 Februar 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||146 Seiten|
|File Size||:||981 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Reviews
All living organisms show some kinds of actions and reactions, generally termed behaviour.Animals show particularly complex, context-dependent, and individualised behaviours which have been noted by naturalists ever since.Animal behaviour is studied by behavioural biology, the modern, integrative science of the mechanisms and adaptations of behaviours.This VSI volume summarises the main questions and methods in animal behaviour.It sets out with the famous four questions on animal behaviour formulated by Niko Tinbergen for the adaptive value of a behaviour, the physiological mechanism controlling it, its development, and its evolutionary origin.These questions can be asked and investigated for any behaviour. They highlight that animal behaviour is a highly integrative research area, which does not rely on observation alone but uses experimental and comparative approaches.The book addresses in its main parts different aspects of behaviour, like sensing and responding, learning and culture, communication and signalling, and more. As becomes quickly obvious, the evolutionary strategies and adaptations are looming behind all research approaches. Here you’ll meet honest signals and animal culture, natural and sexual selection, the problem of altruism and an arm-pit effect, female choice and sperm competition, evolutionary arms races and eavesdropping. All topics are elucidated with clear examples, ranging from molluscs and insects to birds and mammals. These case studies are always put in the context of the overarching questions and problems, and detailed references are given. The VSI series has recently expanded the biological topics considerably, and this book is a valuable addition. The illustrations are excellent and so is the index.Animal behaviour can become a topic that is highly complex with details and concepts, e. g. at textbook level. This volume is an exciting introduction to the topic and a great read for anyone interested in life sciences.
It's a very fun and interesting book. It's very short of course, but also incredibly informative. Although I was required to buy this book for a college course, I enjoyed reading it.As for the condition of the book itself, it arrived in pretty much prestine condition. There was no damage to the cover, edges, or spine.
Heavy on genetics without sufficient attention to learning. Some useful and interesting information but again, insufficient coverage ofenvironmental influences on learned behavior.
The book is well written and interesting but not what I expected. I expected a less exoteric and a more environmental explanation,