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Gulls and Plovers

The Ecology and Behaviour of Mixed~Species Feeding Groups

  • C. J. Barnard
  • D. B. A. Thompson

Part of the Studies in Behavioural Adaptation book series (SBA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. C. J. Barnard, D. B. A. Thompson
    Pages 1-45
  3. C. J. Barnard, D. B. A. Thompson
    Pages 46-65
  4. C. J. Barnard, D. B. A. Thompson
    Pages 66-92
  5. C. J. Barnard, D. B. A. Thompson
    Pages 93-115
  6. C. J. Barnard, D. B. A. Thompson
    Pages 116-142
  7. C. J. Barnard, D. B. A. Thompson
    Pages 143-191
  8. C. J. Barnard, D. B. A. Thompson
    Pages 192-216
  9. C. J. Barnard, D. B. A. Thompson
    Pages 217-254
  10. C. J. Barnard, D. B. A. Thompson
    Pages 255-274
  11. C. J. Barnard, D. B. A. Thompson
    Pages 275-279
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 280-302

About this book

Introduction

In the early years of this century a Scottish doctor speculated on the evolutionary origin of human tears. It seemed to him that with the increase in brain size and cognitive powers of our early ancestors many events in the struggle for existence would be just too distressing to observe. How comforting then, for the mother, distraught by the sight of her child being devoured by a lion, to cloud her vision with a flood of tears! Just so, though if the good doctor had pondered further, the following picture might have occurred to him, comfortable in his speculative armchair, and given him some pause for thought. ' ~ . . . . ~ . . ~ ~ . . •. . u" . . , ~- . ' _ . . . . . . . vii viii SERIES EDITOR'S FOREWORD These stories do not, of course, get us very far in understanding the evolution of tears or anything else, but they do remind us how far the study of behavioural adaptation has come this century. This is, in fact, an exciting time for students of behaviour. The last twenty years have seen a great advance in the theoretical armoury for tackling questions of behavioural evolution and adaptation, and a parallel expansion in empirical studies, particularly in the field. The concepts of inclusive fitness and the evolutionarily stable strategy, for example, have helped to explain major features of social behaviour and have generated entirely new questions and predictions for the field worker to examine.

Keywords

Fitness Seen adaptation evolution social behavior system

Authors and affiliations

  • C. J. Barnard
    • 1
  • D. B. A. Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of NottinghamUK
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of LiverpoolUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-4864-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8652-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4864-8
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