Animal Signals

Paperback | April 28, 2004

byThe late John Maynard Smith, David Harper

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Why are most animal signals reliable? /I This is the central problem for evolutionary biologists interested in signals. A number of theoretical answers have been proposed and empirical studies made, but a considerable amount of confusion still remains. The authors, one a theoretician theother a fieldworker, introduce a sense of order to this chaos. They disentangle the complex and often confusing terminology that characterises the subject, and then challenge the widely held assumption that there is only one correct explanation for signal reliability. The authors argue that the reliability of signals is maintained in several ways, relevant indifferent circumstances, and that biologists must learn to distinguish between them. In this book they explain the different theories, give examples of signalling systems to which one or another theory applies, and point to the many areas where further work, both theoretical and empirical, isrequired.

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Why are most animal signals reliable? /I This is the central problem for evolutionary biologists interested in signals. A number of theoretical answers have been proposed and empirical studies made, but a considerable amount of confusion still remains. The authors, one a theoretician theother a fieldworker, introduce a sense of order...

John Maynard Smith (1920-2004) was an eminent evolutionary biologist and author of many books on evolution, both for scientists and the general public. He was professor emeritus at the University of Sussex, UK, Fellow of the Royal Society, winner of the Darwin Medal, and laureate of the Crafoord Prize of the Swedish Academy of Science...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.37 inPublished:April 28, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198526857

ISBN - 13:9780198526858

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction - what are signals?2. The theory of costly signalling3. Strategic signals and minimal cost signals4. Indices of quality5. The evolution of signal form6. Signals during contests7. Signals in primates and other social animalsGlossary of scientific namesReferencesAuthor indexSubject index

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`I can assure you that the series will be greatly enhanced by the proposed volume. It will be an essential addition to the personal libraries of most evolutionary biologists and psychologists. These authors write so simply and engagingly that anyone will enjoy the book.'Professor Colin Clark, University of British Columbia, Canada