Download Animal behaviour : mechanism, development, function and by Chris Barnard PDF

By Chris Barnard

ISBN-10: 0130899364

ISBN-13: 9780130899361

This ebook offers a finished advent to the learn of behaviour, from its foundation within the animal¿s anatomy and body structure to its adaptive worth within the atmosphere. it truly is aimed toward undergraduate scholars within the organic sciences and psychology and is designed to function either an in depth creation and an in depth, up to date resource of reference permitting scholars to pursue themes within the fundamental literature.

Show description

Read Online or Download Animal behaviour : mechanism, development, function and evolution PDF

Similar zoology books

The Wild Cat Book: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Cats

From the traditional Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, to the prophet Muhammad’s favourite cat, Muezza, and our modern obsession with on-line cat video clips, pussycats have lengthy held a spot of honor of their human counterparts’ houses and cultures. however the family cat is only one of many pussycat species, and within the Wild Cat e-book cat specialists Fiona and Mel Sunquist introduce us to the entire panoply of the purring, roaring pussycat tribe.

Horses (First Step Nonfiction - Farm Animals)

Take a trip to the farm and find out about the gains and roles of a horse.

Boom and Bust: Bird Stories for a Dry Country

Winner of the 2009 Whitley MedalIn growth and Bust, the authors draw at the usual heritage of Australia’s charismatic birds to discover the kin among fauna, humans and setting. they think about altering rules approximately deserts and the way those have helped to appreciate birds and their habit during this driest of continents.

Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage

The monarch butterfly is our best-known and best-loved insect, and its annual migration over hundreds of thousands of miles is a rare typical phenomenon. Robert Michael Pyle, "one of America's most interesting ordinary historical past writers" (Sue Hubbell), set out past due one summer time to keep on with the monarchs south from their northernmost breeding flooring in British Columbia.

Additional info for Animal behaviour : mechanism, development, function and evolution

Sample text

The hierarchy is one of increasing sophistication in the scope and flexibility of choice, and thus justification for thinking in terms of ‘mind’ and ‘intelligence’ as opposed to pre-programmed stimulus–response relationships. Dennett (1995) captures this, again schematically, in his so-called ‘Tower of Generateand-Test’ (Fig. 3). In Dennett’s scheme, organisms face various problems of survival and reproduction set by the environment and have to come up with appropriate solutions from a battery of options available to them.

Territorial males chase them off but also try to court the females in the school. The crucial point, however, is that the dichotomy between territorial and non-territorial males is not fixed and inflexible but depends on the prevailing social environment. When males are reared together, maturation rate is socially regulated; males reared with adults have delayed maturation compared with those reared without adults (Fraley & Fernald 1982). More surprisingly, however, if a territory owner loses an encounter with a nonterritorial intruder, he immediately adopts the drab hues of the latter and moves into the school on the fringe of the nesting area.

But the positive feedback effect is enhanced by the fact that our on-board computer is an elaborate problem-solving machine honed by natural selection to aid survival in a diverse and changeable environment. One of its key propensities is to set goals and achieve them, but, as we have seen in our discussion of goal directedness, this propensity may be brought to bear inappropriately when reflecting on the problem-solving mechanisms of other species. Of course, McFarland’s and Dennett’s distinctions are crude categorisations for the purpose of illustration.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.19 of 5 – based on 5 votes