Regulation of Reptilian Reproductive Behavior

  • David Crews
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 56)


By studying the behavioral physiology of closely related species, we can reconstruct the probable evolutionary history of a behavior and of the mechanisms that control it. By then comparing the ecologies of the species, we gain insight into the ultimate factors that may have given rise to these adaptations. This is the essence of the comparative method.


Estradiol Benzoate Garter Snake Estradiol Benzoate Male Sexual Behavior Annual Reproductive Cycle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Crews
    • 1
  1. 1.Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Departments of Biology and Psychology and Social RelationsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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