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Essentials of Animal Behaviour

Essentials of Animal Behaviour

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Part of Studies in Biology

  • Date Published: May 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629966

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  • Essentials of Animal Behaviour is an introduction to the study of animal behavior that is primarily intended for first- or second-year undergraduates. The book aims to get across the basic principles of the subject as briefly and lucidly as possible with the aid of carefully selected examples from both recent and classic research, together with numerous illustrations. The text will stimulate readers with its active and exciting treatment of the research, and will lay a solid foundation on which further study may be based. Its simple and readable style, helped by an extensive glossary, will make it useful and enjoyable reading for all those with an interest in the subjects of animal behavior, behavioral ecology, and comparative psychology.

    • Clear, lucid and entertaining style
    • Specifically written for students on short courses in animal behaviour or comparative psychology
    • Extensive glossary, numerous illustrations and use of classic and recent examples to aid beginning students
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    ' … a book that deserves success as a text for its achievement in combining an easy, conversational style with sharp analytical rigour. It will spark the enthusiasm of students for the science of animal behaviour, and will at the same time give them a sound understanding of the foundations of current research.' Patrick R. Green, Animal Behaviour

    'This is an example of the ideal textbook: clear, accessible, and pointing its readers in the direction of further knowledge. As such it will not only help those embarking upon a study of animal behaviour but it could also act as a model for would-be authors in any field. Strongly recommended!' Journal of Biological Education

    'The smooth flow of ideas and clear writing, aided by a simple format and easy style, invite one to read on … and on! … an excellent introduction to a subject that has generated more heat than light in the past.' Journal of Biological Education

    'Peter Slater has written a good overview of the whole subject, illustrated with numerous examples.' M. P. Ripley, Biologist

    '… soundly and usefully achieves its stated aims and so is to be recommended.' Felicity Huntingford, Glasgow Naturalist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629966
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 116 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Asking questions about behaviour
    2. Motor patterns
    3. Sensory systems
    4. Motivation
    5. Development
    6. Evolution
    7. Function
    8. Communication
    9. Social organisation
    Glossary
    Suggested further reading
    List of species names
    Index.

  • Author

    Peter J. B. Slater, University of St Andrews, Scotland

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