ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR ALCOCK PDF

A long-time leader in my estimation has been the very readable and enthusiastic writing of John Alcock. The style of writing is pleasing and truly comes from the perspective of a scientist engaged in and enthralled with his research questions and model systems. My impression has always been that this enthusiasm carries over to the student perusing the text. The book consists of 15 chapters that include an evolutionary approach to animal behavior, proximate and ultimate causes of behavior, development of behavior—heredity, development of behavior—environment, control of behavior—neural mechanisms, organization of behavior—neurons and hormones, antipredator behavior, feeding behavior, choosing where to live, communication, reproductive behavior, mating systems, parental care, social behavior, and human behavior. A glossary, a significant bibliography 1, references , illustration credits, and an index complete the text.

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A long-time leader in my estimation has been the very readable and enthusiastic writing of John Alcock. The style of writing is pleasing and truly comes from the perspective of a scientist engaged in and enthralled with his research questions and model systems. My impression has always been that this enthusiasm carries over to the student perusing the text.

The book consists of 15 chapters that include an evolutionary approach to animal behavior, proximate and ultimate causes of behavior, development of behavior—heredity, development of behavior—environment, control of behavior—neural mechanisms, organization of behavior—neurons and hormones, antipredator behavior, feeding behavior, choosing where to live, communication, reproductive behavior, mating systems, parental care, social behavior, and human behavior.

A glossary, a significant bibliography 1, references , illustration credits, and an index complete the text. Each chapter has a summary, discussion questions, and several suggested readings. The most compelling and distinctive chapters are the first 2, for these define the approach used by the text and by practicing animal behaviorists. In the remainder of the text, readers are provided a solid foundation in the mechanistic, ontogenetic, and functional aspects of behavior, but placed within an evolutionary context.

Unlike some other textbooks, he uses the most recent interpretation of polygyny in yellow-bellied marmots Marmota flaviventris by Ken Armitage; this is one of the examples that I always use to measure the quality of the revisions. Not surprisingly, there are minor errors, such as a missing appendage in the Une art of a pseudoscorpion p.

An example of this is the discussion of the classic studies of mating systems and reproductive success in elk Cervus elaphus , for which the use of red deer is so well established by tradition in the behavior literature. That the quantity of information has been reduced, and perhaps diluted, is sure to be the most common complaint about the new edition.

I can imagine that some readers familiar with previous editions might initially have this response. For a target audience of undergraduates in an introductory course, however, these changes in content and graphics are primarily beneficial. The quality of graphics is clearly an aesthetic upgrade and is likely successful in conveying the color and life of the discipline to undergraduates.

I found that the addition of color to the graphics aided in their in terpretation and the changes to the text facilitated reading. This text is less encyclopedic than most and is probably of less use to graduate students reviewing in preparation for comprehensive exams.

A virtual absence of theoretical and mathematical examples in the main text, at least for topics such as game theory although such an approach for game theory is used in discussion questions at the end of the chapter , is not likely to appeal to faculty that prefer a more quantitative approach.

Furthermore, I would like to see more examples of the link between conservation and behavior, which would be especially useful for a student in an introductory course. At first glance, mammalogists might feel a bit slighted by the representation of their taxa in this volume.

Of the major vertebrate groups, only fishes 11 sublistings collectively for bony, cartilaginous, and jawless and birds 39 sublistings receive their own listing in the index. A quick tally of the genera and species found in the index yields totals of avian, 79 mammalian, 19 fish, 16 reptilian, and 9 amphibian listings. This could simply be a case of taxonomic envy with respect to study organisms in behavior, but reptiles and amphibians also are slighted in the index.

The list price for this hardback is high but is similar to that of most other undergraduate texts. Two supplemental materials are available for the text. I incorporated these quality images easily into a sample Powerpoint presentation on my laptop computer These materials make the textbook more useful to the faculty member interested in adopting the text. Despite the slightly reduced content, I feel that the text is a useful introduction to behavior for the undergraduate and the interested layperson.

Overall, this book is an improvement over previous editions in reaching its intended audience and providing the reader with a sense of how and why a scientist studies animal behavior As a result, I believe that it will remain one of the most widely read introductions to this fascinating field of study. Literature Cited.

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Features Engaging, narrative-driven text that draws from classic studies and primary literature A classic approach to the evolutionary and comparative study of animal behavior, with a unique focus on integrative study Taxonomically-diverse examples aid in understanding of the concepts, providing students with a clear idea of how scientists study behavior Emphasis on hypothesis testing, observation and experimental methods, and discussion of costs and benefits Extensive use of audio and visual collections, using QR codes for quick access About the Author s Dustin R. Phylogenies and the comparative method Box 1. Why might song learning make males communicate more effectively with rivals or potential mates? Determining how female parasitoid wasps choose their singing male bush-cricket hosts Box 4. Do energetic demands explain why humans have such large brains?

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But I came away certainly thinking genes do determine behavior to a large extent, depending on how you think about it. A single gene in fruit fly larvas make them either sit in one spot, or rove about. A single gene in mice affects hippocampus development which underlies the differences in spatial memory performance. Knocking out the fosB gene in mice makes them indifferent to their young.

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