Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior

Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior

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The most up-to-date, comprehensive, and accessible reference resource for learning about animal behavior.
What is it like to be a dog, or a chimpanzee, or an ant? How do animals communicate? Why do they play? Can animals feel emotions like empathy and grief? These and many other questions are answered in the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, the most authoritative, comprehensive, and accessible resource on the scientific study of animal behavior. Contributors consist of an international group of well-respected animal behavior scholars and authorities from many different disciplines, including biology, psychology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, veterinary medicine, and religious studies. Entries examine a broad array of different species and behavior patterns, using techniques that range from molecular approaches to the study of behavior to analyses of individuals, populations, species, and ecosystems. Informed by the best and most recent scholarship, entries are written with the lay public in mind, and all material is explained in understandable, jargon-free language. This user-friendly resource will appeal to students and scholars of animal behavior, animal advocates, and anyone with a love for animals.

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This three-volume reference was prepared with general readers in mind, but it does not feature flashy graphics. There are several pages of color photos in each volume, but the photos interspersed throughout are small and b&w. Instead of going to fancy printing costs, the publisher's resources were marshalled to commission 300 essays of about three-to-eight pages in length. The essays are clearly written without jargon and include cross references and further resources. Each volume contains an alphabetical list of entries followed by a theme-organized list, showing which entries focus on individual animals, and which on careers in animal behavior, humans and animals, literature and arts, research methods, and prominent people. Topics in behavior include various aspects of aggression, behavioral phylogeny, caregiving, cognition, reproduction, social evolution, social organization, and tool use, to name but a few. Jane Goodall provides a brief foreword. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Alphabetically arranged entries on animal behavior cover a broad array of species and behavior patterns and includes information on related careers.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004
ISBN: 0313332940 (vol. 3 : alk. paper)
0313327475 (vol. 2 : alk. paper)
0313327467 (vol. 1 : alk. paper)
0313327459 (set : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: R591.503 ENC
Characteristics: 3 v. (l, 1274 p., [24] p. of plates) : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Bekoff, Marc


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