Phylogenies and the Comparative Method in Animal Behavior

Hardcover | May 1, 1990

EditorEmilia P. Martins

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In the last ten years, the "comparative method" has been revolutionized by modern statistical ways of incorporating phylogenies into the design and analysis of comparative studies. The results of this revolution are particularly important in the study of animal behavior, which has relied oninterspecific comparisons to infer universal trends and evolutionary patterns. The chapters of this edited volume consider the impact of modern phylogenetic comparative methods on the study of animal behavior and discuss the main issues that need to be considered in design and analysis of acomparative study, considers possible differences between the evolution of behavior and the evolution of morphology, and reviews how phylogenetic comparative studies have been used in certain areas of behavioral research.

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The main purpose of this volume is to discuss the past, present and future impact of phylogenetic comparative methods on the field of animal behavior. The comparative method has been an integral component of the study of animal behavior since its inception.

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In the last ten years, the "comparative method" has been revolutionized by modern statistical ways of incorporating phylogenies into the design and analysis of comparative studies. The results of this revolution are particularly important in the study of animal behavior, which has relied oninterspecific comparisons to infer universal ...

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The main purpose of this volume is to discuss the past, present and future impact of phylogenetic comparative methods on the field of animal behavior. The comparative method has been an integral component of the study of animal behavior since its inception.

Emilia P. Martins is at University of Washington.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.45 × 6.38 × 1.18 inPublished:May 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Phylogenetics in Behavior2. The Statistical Analysis of Interspecific Data3. How to Study Comparative Methods for Discrete Characters4. The Mechanistic Bases of Behavioral Evolution5. Geographic Variation in Behavior6. Phylogenetic Lability and Rates of Phenotypic Evolution7. Comparing Behavioral and Morphological Characters as Indicators of Phylogeny8. The Phylogenetic Content of Avian Courtship Display and Song Evolution9. Comparative Analysis of the Origins and Losses of Eusociality10. Using Comparative Approaches to Integrate Behavior and Population Biology11. Phylogenetic Interpretations of Primate Socioecology12. Using Cladistic Analysis of Comparative data to reconstruct the Evolution of Cognitive Development in Hominids

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The main purpose of this volume is to discuss the past, present and future impact of phylogenetic comparative methods on the field of animal behavior. The comparative method has been an integral component of the study of animal behavior since its inception.

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"Should prove insightful for anyone studying animal behavior, behavioral ecology, neuroethology, sociobiology, and for biologists in general."--BIOSIS