Animal Behavior by Michael D. Breed

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Animal Behavior uses Tinbergen’s four questions–causation, survival value, ontogeny and evolution–to formulate animal behavior and impart logic to the field of scientific inquiry.
Comprised of fifteen chapters, the book opens with a discussion of the physiological aspects of behavior and the intricacies of social behavior as they relate to individual animals’ behavior. After an introduction to evolution and animal behavior, the book discusses the physiological and genetic basis of behavior. It addresses behavioral homeostasis and different aspects of animal behavior, learning, and cognition. The book also connects animal behavior to neural processes, and it discusses the underlying mechanisms of communication. It also offers chapters about behavior ecology in relation to animal behavior, such as movement, foraging, self-defense, mating systems, nesting, parenting and territoriality, and social behavior. The book concludes with a chapter on conservation behavior.
In presenting these topics, the book offers an accessible means of studying animal behavior, major principles, mechanisms, and controversies.

Provides a solid background in the neurophysiological and endocrinological bases of animal behavior as well as exceptionally strong coverage of social behavior

Includes behavior and homeostatic mechanisms, behavior and conservation, and behavioral aspects of disease

Highlights aspects of behavior that relate to domestic animals in particular

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About Michael D. Breed

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Breed is professor of environmental population and organismic biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. JANICE MOORE is professor of Biology at Colorado State University. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and the book Parasites and the Behavior of Animals (2002). She is also co-editor of Host-Parasite Evolution (1997) and serves on the editorial board of BioScience.
Published January 4, 2011 by Academic Press. 496 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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