Download e-book for iPad: Animal behaviour : mechanism, development, function and by Chris Barnard

By Chris Barnard

ISBN-10: 0130899364

ISBN-13: 9780130899361

This publication offers a complete creation to the examine of behaviour, from its foundation within the animal¿s anatomy and body structure to its adaptive worth within the atmosphere. it truly is aimed toward undergraduate scholars within the organic sciences and psychology and is designed to function either a close advent and an intensive, updated resource of reference allowing scholars to pursue subject matters within the fundamental literature.

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1990; CluttonBrock 1991; Barnard & Behnke 2001). g. Sutherland 1996; Frankham et al. 2002). This book provides a comprehensive introduction to animal behaviour by developing examples in the context of their theoretical background and the various different levels at which behaviour can be explained. It emphasises the importance of integrating different approaches to the study of behaviour and of evolution by natural selection as a framework for interpreting behaviour at whichever level it is studied.

1 n What is behaviour? 1 (a) Diagram of the nesting burrow of a great golden digger wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus); (b) when burrows are artificially lengthened by placing blocks on top of the entrance, wasps reduce their excavation accordingly. After Brockmann (1980). Locomotion in woodlice A nice example of goal-achieving behaviour comes from Fraenkel & Gunn’s (1961) classic study of locomotion in woodlice (Porcellio scaber) (see also Benhamou & Bovet 1989). Woodlice tend to end up in dark, damp places, but they do not get there by knowing where these are and setting out to find them.

Some examples make them clearer. 1 n What is behaviour? 1 (a) Diagram of the nesting burrow of a great golden digger wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus); (b) when burrows are artificially lengthened by placing blocks on top of the entrance, wasps reduce their excavation accordingly. After Brockmann (1980). Locomotion in woodlice A nice example of goal-achieving behaviour comes from Fraenkel & Gunn’s (1961) classic study of locomotion in woodlice (Porcellio scaber) (see also Benhamou & Bovet 1989). Woodlice tend to end up in dark, damp places, but they do not get there by knowing where these are and setting out to find them.

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