John Alcock (Author). out of .. This item:Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach by John Alcock Paperback $ Elements of Ecology (9th Edition). As an undergraduate, years ago, I was assigned the third edition of John Alcock’s “Animal Behavior,” and found it to be an interesting read, with. John Alcock Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach, Ninth Edition. Stock Image. Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach, Ninth Edition: John Alcock.

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Miles Engell; Animal Behavior, Ninth edition. I still have the book on my shelf.

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The writing is easy to read and understand, it behavio packed with detailed examples, figures, and illustrations all complete with full bibliographic informationand it presents a well-balanced view of proximate and ultimate causes of behavior, both of vertebrates and invertebrates.

In addition, for the professor of the course, the ancillaries are useful and diverse—and new with the latest edition there is a DVD of video clips of behaviors, correlated with each chapter.


There are discussion questions throughout the text, which I find to be a more meaningful approach than placing them all at the end of each chapter. Alcock continues to lean more heavily toward the evolutionary perspective, but does present the mechanistic view well in most cases. The first five ojhn, in fact, focus largely on the proximate causes of behavior, looking at the genetic and physiological underpinnings of behaviors.

The remaining chapters each address a different type of behavior, but the common theme of evolutionary theory is used to tie them together. The final chapter is devoted to the evolution of human behaviors, which is always fascinating for the beginning animal behavior student.

I prefer to intersperse human behavior throughout the course, and would have preferred the book do the same, but since many behqvior behavior texts omit human behavior entirely, I am hesitant to complain. Much of the conceptually based discussion and theory is difficult for my beginning students.

I encourage my students to read the summary at the end of each chapter first, so as not to lose sight of the big picture and get lost in the details and examples. Overall, this is a terrific text for the introductory animal behavior course, providing a wealth of background information and covering the breadth of the field. It is in general a highly enjoyable book to read, both for those who know the field well and for those 9ty being introduced to the wonders of animal behavior.

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