Why Penguins Communicate: The Evolution Of Visual And Vocal Signals

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byF.stephen Dobson, Pierre Jouventin

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Why Penguins Communicate: The Evolution of Visual and Vocal Signals is a comprehensive and condensed review of several hundred publications on the evolution of penguin behaviors, particularly signaling, linking genetics and ecology via such behavioral adaptations as nuptial displays. This exciting work has developed from the authors many years researching on the behavioral strategies of penguins, such as the unique vocal signatures for individual recognition. They have collaborated in studies of penguins on islands surrounding Antarctica, experimenting on the behavioral significance of visual ornaments mating displays , and in this work they introduce how and why penguins behave, via adaptive evolutionary explanations. Through this evolutionary lens they review address several questions involving identification and taxonomy, habitat and location, breeding, and differences from other seabirds. Penguins are excellent models for behavioral studies: tame and consequently easy to observe on remote islands or coasts, unable to fly, with as poor a sense of smell as humans but with accurate visual and vocal perception. It is therefore possible to understand objectively how they work, through a combination of behavioral observations and careful experimentation. While the main adaptation of penguins seems to be diving, on land they have displayed sophisticated acoustical and optical adaptations. Each penguin species occupies a unique ecological niche, and behaviors permit separating the species through mutual display. Although model organisms in science are diverse and specialized, in penguins we see the entire integration of many aspects, from acoustical and optical physics, to behavioral display and speciation. This work highlights the adaptive significance of their behavior, through an evolutionary point of view. Provides a focused view on visual and vocal communication behavior, as well as presenting the family of penguins as a model for acoustical studies Considers the role of ecological and social environments on the evolution of communication in penguins Spans the gap between the scientific community and an interested lay audience, featuring a readable style for students, professional researchers in biology, ornithologists, ethologists, and penguin enthusiasts alike Can also be used in graduate seminar courses on evolution of behavior, marine ecology, polar biology, and ornithology

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Why Penguins Communicate: The Evolution of Visual and Vocal Signals is a comprehensive and condensed review of several hundred publications on the evolution of penguin behaviors, particularly signaling, linking genetics and ecology via such behavioral adaptations as nuptial displays. This exciting work has developed from the authors ma...

F. Stephen Dobson is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University, as well as retired Director of Research, National Center for Scientific Research, Montpellier; Chevalier, Order of Academic Palms (France); and a Fulbright Scholar. He has published more than 125 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has made ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 2017Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:012811178X

ISBN - 13:9780128111789

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Table of Contents

1. Evolutionary Biology of Penguins 2 Description of Optical Signals 3. Experiments on Optical Signals 4. Description of Vocal Signals and First Experiments 5. Playback Experiments on Vocal Signals 6. The Evolution of Breeding Strategies 7. The Evolution of Signals for Communication