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Animal Behaviour: Evolution and Mechanisms

  • Peter Kappeler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Communication and cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Claudia Fichtel, Marta Manser
      Pages 29-54
    3. Mario Pahl, Jürgen Tautz, Shaowu Zhang
      Pages 87-120
    4. Kurt Kotrschal, Isabella B.R. Scheiber, Katharina Hirschenhauser
      Pages 121-148
  3. Conflict and cooperation

  4. Sex and reproduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Bart Kempenaers, Emmi Schlicht
      Pages 359-411
    3. Jutta Schneider, Lutz Fromhage
      Pages 441-464
    4. Wolfgang Goymann, Heribert Hofer
      Pages 465-501

About this book


The study of animal behaviour is one of the fastest growing sub-disciplines in biology. The resulting diversity of conceptual approaches and methodological innovations makes it increasingly difficult for professionals and students to keep abreast of important new developments. This edited volume provides up-to-date reviews that facilitate orientation in key areas of animal behaviour, including communication, cognition, conflict, cooperation, sexual selection and behavioural variation. The contributions address evolutionary and proximate aspects of behaviour and also cover both invertebrates and vertebrates. Important concepts are dealt with in separate glossaries and key examples highlighted in separate text boxes. Richly illustrated with colour figures, this volume offers a well structured overview of all the main developments in current animal behaviour research. It is ideal for teaching upper-level courses, where it will be essential reading for advanced students familiar with basic concepts and ideas.


Animal Behaviour Applied Ecology Behaviour Behavioural Variation Cognition Communication Conflict Cooperation Ethology Evolution Hermaphrodite Invertrebrates Sexual Selection Vertebrates phenotype

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Kappeler
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Sociobiology/Anthropology & CRC Evolution of Social Behavior & German Primate Center, Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology UnitUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Animal Behaviour: Evolution and Mechanisms
  • Authors Nils Anthes
    Ralph Bergmüller
    Wolf Blanckenhorn
    H. Jane Brockmann
    Claudia Fichtel
    Lutz Fromhage
    Joachim Frommen
    Wolfgang Goymann
    Juergen Heinze
    Katharina Hirschenhauser
    Heribert Hofer
    Sylvia Kaiser
    Peter M. Kappeler
    Bart Kempenaers
    Gerald Kerth
    Judith Ingrid Korb
    Kurt M. Kotrschal
    Cornelila Kraus
    Martha Manser
    Nico Michiels
    Robin F. A. Moritz
    Mario Pahl
    Dustin Penn
    Norbert Sachser
    Martin Schaefer
    Carel P. van Schaik
    Jutta M. Schneider
    Isabella Schreiber
    Michael Taborsky
    Jürgen Tautz
    Fritz Trillmich
    Shaowu Zhang
  • Editors Peter M. Kappeler
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-02623-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-50235-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-02624-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 707
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Behavioral Sciences
    Evolutionary Biology
    Animal Ecology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

This is a well-organized volume about animal behaviour and behavioural ecology. The editor of this book, Dr. Peter Kappeler, is a prominent primate researcher who has edited several books that have had a strong impact on primate research. (...) I recommend this book to all students and researchers studying the behavioural ecology of primates.

Primates, 2010

“This work is a large, weighty, informative … set of edited chapters on many aspects of animal behavior. Kappeler … tried to unify the 21 chapters by asking authors to focus on mechanisms and evolution. … All provide thorough reviews and formidable reference lists. … Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above.” (J. A. Mather, Choice, Vol. 48 (3), November, 2010)