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By N B Davies; J R Krebs; Stuart A West

ISBN-10: 1444398458

ISBN-13: 9781444398458

Average choice, ecology and behavior -- checking out hypotheses in behavioural ecology -- monetary judgements and the person -- Predators as opposed to prey: evolutionary hands races -- Competing for assets -- residing in teams -- Sexual choice, sperm pageant and sexual clash -- Parental care and relatives conflicts -- Mating structures -- intercourse allocation -- Social behaviours: altruism to spite -- Cooperation -- Altruism and clash within the social bugs -- verbal exchange and indications -- end

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C) Wildebeest graze in huge herds out on the open plains. com/William Davies. Limitations of early comparative studies These early studies revealed the promise of the comparative approach in behavioural ecology. However, there were limitations in the methodology. Many of these are not unique to comparative studies and it is worth bearing them in mind throughout the book. (a) Alternative hypotheses The explanations for the differences in behaviour are certainly plausible, but alternative hypothesis have not been considered in a rigorous manner.

A) A solitary insectivorous tarsier. com/ Holger Mette. (b) A small group of black and white colobus monkeys, which eat leaves in the forest. com/ Henk Bentlage. (c) A large group of gelada baboons, which feed on the ground on grass leaves and roots. com/ Guenter Guni. (b) (c) ecological variables on each trait. Thirdly, they used different genera as independent data points for analysis, rather than species, to reduce the problem of similarity through common ancestry. Some examples are now discussed to illustrate their approach.

The results show that in monogamous species male tooth size is as expected for a female of equivalent body weight. However, it is larger than expected in harem-forming species. These data support the sexual competition hypothesis for the evolution of larger teeth in males. Nevertheless, we cannot exclude the predator defence hypothesis because maybe the harem-forming species are the ones most vulnerable to predation. The analysis can be taken a step further by considering species where several males live together in a group (multimale troops).

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