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This new edition of Animal Behavior has been thoroughly rewritten with coverage of much recent work in animal behavior. The scope of the changes for the tenth edition, however, is much more all-encompassing than that of past revisions. Thoughtful suggestions from many readers inspired a major reorganization of the material, such that the new book presents the central concepts of animal behavior in a different sequence from prior editions.
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Peter A. Bednekoff, The Quarterly Review of Biology The tenth edition talks about behavioral ecology early and often. I commend this conceptual shift and the overall bold revision of a classic textbook. It would have been adequate to simply sprinkle in new studies within the existing framework, so the changes seem to reflect a heartfelt desire of Alcock to make an excellent volume even better. This is clearly a labor of love and has a strong personal flavor for a textbook. As in previous editions, the narrative is
powered by Alcock's infectious desire to present science, evolution, and behavior clearly and memorably. I recommend this volume to all students of animal behavior. It is a great place to first discover the field, or to rediscover the big picture after years of work within the field.
Madeline Mignone, Dominican College I absolutely love this book. I have become a great fan of John Alcock. His discussions within the chapter are extremely gripping and I love his approach connecting all aspects of the genetics, environment, and evolution to the animals behavior. Kudos!
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John Alcock is Regents' Professor Emeritus of Biology at Arizona State University, USA. His research deals with the behavioral ecology of insect mating systems, with projects that have taken him from Arizona to Costa Rica and Australia. He wrote The Triumph of Sociobiology (2001) and coauthored The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems (1983) with Randy Thornhill. Alcock has also written seven other books on animal behavior and natural history for general audiences. One of these, In a Desert Garden, received the Burroughs' Award for natural history writing in 1998. Dr. Alcock also received the Dean's Quality Teaching Award the first year it was given at Arizona State University.
1. An Introduction to Animal Behavior.- 2. Behavioral Ecology and the Evolution of Altruism.- 3. The Evolution of Social Behavior.- 4. The Evolution of Communication.- 5. Avoiding Predators and Finding Food.- 6. The Evolution of Habitat Selection, Territoriality, and Migration.- 7. The Evolution of Reproductive Behavior.- 8. The Evolution of Mating Systems.- 9. The Evolution of Parental Care.- 10. Proximate and Ultimate Causes of Behavior.- 11. The Development of Behavior.- 12. Evolution, Nervous Systems, and Behavior.- 13. How Neurons and Hormones Organize Behavior.- 14. The Evolution of Human Behavior