Alarm Calling and Kinship
- Claudia StephanAffiliated withUniversity of Neuchâtel Email author
- , Klaus ZuberbühlerAffiliated withUniversity of NeuchâtelSt Andrews University
Vocal behavior of prey animals to defend themselves and others from predation.
Alarm calling is a widespread phenomenon in the animal kingdom, usually produced by individuals during predation attempts, a context with large fitness consequences, suggesting that the behavior has been under strong selection pressure. But there is something paradoxical about animal alarm calls. Why should an individual, faced with a potentially lethal predator, behave in conspicuous ways to warn others, rather than trying to escape or hide from the danger? This seemingly altruistic behavior has posed a major challenge for evolutionary theory and become the topic of countless studies. Two major research themes have been addressed with studies on animal alarm calls: the cognitive processes involved in call production and perception and the evolutionary forces that have shaped the behavior. The following sections review s ...
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Date: 2016 (Latest)History
- 2016 (Latest)
- Alarm Calling and Kinship
- Reference Work Title
- Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science
- pp 1-8
- Online ISBN
- Springer International Publishing
- Copyright Holder
- Springer International Publishing AG
- Editor Affiliations
- 1. Oakland Univ Dept of Psycholgy
- 2. Department of Psychology, Oakland University
- Author Affiliations
- 4. University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
- 5. St Andrews University, St Andrews, UK
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