The Evolution of the Reproductive Unit in the Class Mammalia

  • John F. Eisenberg
Part of the Evolution, Development, and Organization of Behavior book series (EDOB, volume 1)


I heard Daniel Lehrman lecture for the first time in 1957. The subject was ring doves and the hypotheses concerned the interrelationship of physical objects (nests and eggs), behavior (courtship), and induction and phasing of hormonal secretions. It was and is an elegant story. Although I have studied mammalian reproduction and social behavior from the perspective of a phyleticist, the paradigm proposed by Lehrman has never been forgotten. Some years later, in 1970, I was invited to present a lecture on the reproduction patterns of tenrecoid insectivores at the Institute of Animal Behavior. Lehrman’s interest, penetrating questions, and courtesy made me realize that even though we worked from widely different points of view, a zoologist such as myself had much to gain and perhaps something to offer to the active, experimental group at Rutgers. I am both touched and honored to have been invited to contribute to this first symposium honoring Daniel Lehrman, phyleticist at heart, who founded the active, experimentalist group which hosted us today.


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  • John F. Eisenberg
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  1. 1.National Zoological ParkSmithsonian InstitutionUSA

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