Cooperation Among Animals: An Evolutionary Perspective

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byLee Alan Dugatkin

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Despite the depiction of nature "red in tooth and claw," cooperation is actually widespread in the animal kingdom. Various types of cooperative behaviors have been documented in everything from insects to primates, and in every imaginable ecological scenario. Yet why animals cooperate is stilla hotly contested question in literature on evolution and animal behavior. This book examines the history surrounding the study of cooperation, and proceeds to examine the conceptual, theoretical and empirical work on this fascinating subject. Early on, it outlines the four different categories of cooperation -- reciprocal altruism, kinship, group-selected cooperation andbyproduct mutualism -- and ties these categories together in a single framework called the Cooperator's Dilemma. Hundreds of studies on cooperation in insects, fish, birds and mammals are reviewed. Cooperation in this wide array of taxa includes, but is not limited to, cooperative hunting,anti-predator behavior, foraging, sexual coalitions, grooming, helpers-at-the nest, territoriality, 'policing' behavior and group thermoregulation. Each example outlined is tied back to the theoretical framework developed early on, whenever the data allows. Future experiments designed to furtherelucidate a particular type of cooperation are provided throughout the book.

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Despite the depiction of nature "red in tooth and claw," cooperation is actually widespread in the animal kingdom. Various types of cooperative behaviors have been documented in everything from insects to primates, and in every imaginable ecological scenario. Yet why animals cooperate is stilla hotly contested question in literature on...

Lee Alan Dugatkin is at University of Louisville.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.18 × 0.59 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Historical perspectives on cooperative behavior2. Theoretical perspectives on the evolution of cooperation3. Cooperation in fishes4. Cooperation in birds5. Cooperation in mammals I: Nonprimates6. Cooperation in mammals II: Nonhuman primates7. Cooperation in insects8. To the future

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"This book would be useful for introducing the topic of cooperation among animals, particularly to advanced undergraduates."--The Condor