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Published: 01 June 2018

672 Pages

9 x 10.875 inches

ISBN: 9781605355481

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Animal Behavior

Eleventh edition

Dustin R. Rubenstein and John Alcock

Sinauer Associates is an imprint of Oxford University Press

  • 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

New to this Edition:

  • New lead author, Dustin Rubenstein, widely known for his research and teaching accomplishments, is an integrative behavioral and evolutionary ecologist who studies the evolution of complex animal societies, and how organisms adapt to and cope with environmental change
  • A renewed focus on integration that links the evolution of behavior to neural, genetic, and physiological mechanisms
  • A return to its classic organizational structure, with proximate mechanisms introduced before an extended discussion of the ultimate factors underlying behavior, integrating both throughout
  • Introduction of cutting-edge neuro and genomic research approaches, all while maintaining a focus on the theoretical aspects of the field in an explicit hypothesis testing framework
  • Building on the foundation of previous editions, new pedagogical features designed to engage students and aid instructors, including Integrative Approaches, Exploring Behavior by Interpreting Data, Darwinian Puzzles, and Hypotheses Tables
  • QR codes provide students rapid access to actual audio clips of birdsongs, and high-definition video clips of animal behaviors
  • Updated and revised artwork that features more color, a more consistent palette for figures, crisper photographs, and error bars on figures

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