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Research into social behaviour in animals has often focused on aggression, yet members of social species are far more likely to interact with each other in a positive way. Animal Friendships explores non-sexual bonding behaviours in a range of mammalian and avian species. Through analysis of factors which trigger and deepen friendships, Dagg uncovers a world of intricate and complex social interactions. These factors include sources of food, formation of coalitions, playdates for infants, mutual grooming and the apparent pleasure of simple companionship. Chapters cover different types of friendship: from those between two individuals, such as male-female or parent-offspring friendships, to those within family groups and even inter-species friendships. Not only does the book explore how and why friendships form, it also showcases the ingenious field techniques used by researchers enabling the reader to understand the scientific methodology. An invaluable read for both researchers and students studying animal social bonding.Read more
- Essential reading for understanding the development of friendships in mammals and birds
- Includes memorable examples of a variety of social behaviours
- Describes the techniques used to obtain data in the field
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"The numerous examples provide interesting food for thought, particularly for readers who are new to research on this topic."
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- Date Published: October 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521183154
- length: 246 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 153 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.39kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Male and female pals – not just for sex!
2. In sisterhood
3. In brotherhood
4. Mothers and daughters
5. Mothers and sons, and providing free food
6. Fathers and sons: social grooming and preening
7. Family and group tight bonds
8. Old buddies
9. Social but seldom sociable animals
10. Cross species pals
11. Animal and human 'friendships'
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