Living in Groups

Paperback | September 1, 2002

byJens Krause, Graeme D. Ruxton

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Group Living is a widespread phenomenon within the animal kingdom and has attracted considerable attention in a number of different contexts. This book is focused on the unifying concepts regarding group behaviour that have been developed over the last two decades.The authors set out to discuss the mechanisms that govern the evolution and maintenance of grouping behaviour throughout the animal kingdom, and the ecological factors that control observed group size and group composition in particular situations. Although the book's emphasis is on the elaborationof a conceptual framework, extensive examples and case studies illustrate the diversity of grouping phemonema across taxonomic boundaries, and demonstrate the general applicability of the concepts involved.This book will familiarise the reader with the latest ideas on the ecology and evolution of group-living animals, providing a summary and critical synthesis of the extensive and diverse literature on the subject.

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Group Living is a widespread phenomenon within the animal kingdom and has attracted considerable attention in a number of different contexts. This book is focused on the unifying concepts regarding group behaviour that have been developed over the last two decades.The authors set out to discuss the mechanisms that govern the evolution ...

Jens Krause is at School of Biology, University of Leeds, UK. Graeme Ruxton is at IBLS, University of Glasgow, UK.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.48 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198508182

ISBN - 13:9780198508182

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The benefits of group formation3. Some costs of grouping4. The size of a group5. Spatial heterogeneity of costs and benefits within groups6. Heterogeneity and homogeneity of group membership7. Evolutionary considerations8. Environmental effects on grouping behaviour9. Mechanisms10. Conclusions

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`Behavioral ecology has a long and deep history of studying the costs and benefits of living in groups, the evolutionary origins of sociality, and the behavioral consequences of group living. Jens Krause and Graeme Ruxton have done a great job of compiling this massive body of work into anastonishingly small book.'ISBE Newsletter