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Survival strategies : cooperation and conflict in animal societies / Raghavendra Gadagkar.

By: Material type: TextTextPublication details: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.ISBN:
  • 0674170555
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 591.5 21
LOC classification:
  • QL775
Contents:
1. What Are Social Animals? -- 2. Evolution, the Eternal Tinkerer -- 3. It's in the Genes -- 4. What Do Social Animals Do to Each Other? -- 5. The Paradox of Altruism -- 6. Do Animals Favor Their Relatives? -- 7. A Primitive Wasp Society -- 8. Games Animals Play -- 9. The Fine Balance between Cooperation and Conflict -- 10. Some Caveats and Conclusions.
Summary: Did you know that Tasmanian hens have two husbands? That cellular slime molds commit suicide? That vampire bats will share food with hungry fellow bats and that hanuman langurs commit infanticide? Why creatures great and small behave in such fascinating and seemingly perplexing ways is explained in this delightful account of the evolutionary foundations of animal social behavior. Only in recent years have biologists and ethologists begun to apply careful evolutionary thinking to the study of animal societies - and with spectacular results. This book presents the choicest of these findings, with a remarkable wealth of insights into the myriad strategies that animals have developed to perpetuate their kind. Raghavendra Gadagkar explores the strategies of cooperation and conflict adopted by animals - from the lordly lion to the primitive wasp worker - as they choose mates, raise their young, communicate with others, and establish the division of labor necessary to feed and protect the group and safeguard their territory.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.

1. What Are Social Animals? -- 2. Evolution, the Eternal Tinkerer -- 3. It's in the Genes -- 4. What Do Social Animals Do to Each Other? -- 5. The Paradox of Altruism -- 6. Do Animals Favor Their Relatives? -- 7. A Primitive Wasp Society -- 8. Games Animals Play -- 9. The Fine Balance between Cooperation and Conflict -- 10. Some Caveats and Conclusions.

Did you know that Tasmanian hens have two husbands? That cellular slime molds commit suicide? That vampire bats will share food with hungry fellow bats and that hanuman langurs commit infanticide? Why creatures great and small behave in such fascinating and seemingly perplexing ways is explained in this delightful account of the evolutionary foundations of animal social behavior. Only in recent years have biologists and ethologists begun to apply careful evolutionary thinking to the study of animal societies - and with spectacular results. This book presents the choicest of these findings, with a remarkable wealth of insights into the myriad strategies that animals have developed to perpetuate their kind. Raghavendra Gadagkar explores the strategies of cooperation and conflict adopted by animals - from the lordly lion to the primitive wasp worker - as they choose mates, raise their young, communicate with others, and establish the division of labor necessary to feed and protect the group and safeguard their territory.