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Parental Care: Evolution, Mechanisms, And Adaptive Significance - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120045259, 9780080582863

Parental Care: Evolution, Mechanisms, And Adaptive Significance, Volume 25

1st Edition

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Serial Editors: Peter Slater Manfred Milinski
eBook ISBN: 9780080582863
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 24th September 1996
Page Count: 715
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Table of Contents

S.T. Trumbo, Parental Care in Invertebrates. S.S. Crawford and E.K. Balon, Cause and Effect of Parental Care in Fishes: An Epigenetic Perspective. M.L. Crump, Parental Care among the Amphibia. C. Gans, An Overview of Parental Care among the Reptilia. J.D. Buntin, Neural and Hormonal Control of Parental Behavior in Birds. R.S. Bridges, Biochemical Basis of Parental Behavior in the Rat. J.M. Stern, Somatosensation and Maternal Care in Norway Rats. A.S. Fleming, H.D. Morgan, and C. Walsh, Experiential Factors in Postpartum Regulation of Maternal Care. G. Gonzalez-Mariscal and J.S. Rosenblatt, Maternal Behavior in Rabbits: A Historical and Multidisciplinary Perspective. Z. Wang and T.R. Insel, Parental Behavior in Voles. F. Livy, K.M. Kendrick, E.B. Keverne, R.H. Porter, and A. Romeyer, Physiological, Sensory, and Experiential Factors of Parental Care in Sheep. C.R. Pryce, Socialization, Hormones, and the Regulation of Maternal Behavior in Nonhuman Simian Primates. P.A. Gowaty, Field Studies of Parental Care in Birds: New Data Focus Questions on Variation among Females. F. Trillmich, Parental Investment in Pinnipeds. L.A. Fairbanks, IndividualDifferences in Maternal Style: Causes and Consequences for Mothers and Offspring. D. Maestripieri and J. Call, Mother–Infant Communication in Primates. C.T. Snowdon, Infant Care in Cooperatively Breeding Species. Chapter References. Subject Index. Contents of Previous Volumes.


Advances in the Study of Behavior presents its first thematic volume, focusing on the physiological and behavioral mechanisms underlying parental care. The book discusses parental care both within and across taxa, with coverage of invertebrates and early vertebrates, fishes, amphibia, reptiles, mammals, birds, and nonhuman primates. A running theme throughout the chapters shows that parental care is anchored to the ecology, reproductive physiology, and embryonic development of a species. Coverage also includes mechanisms of parental care, including analysis of the stimuli that parents respond to and how parental care is initiated, maintained, and terminated. Individual differences within species are also explored, examining stable differences in maternal style, how they arise, and the consequences for both mother and infant.


Experimental psychologists studying animal behavior, comparative psychologists, zoologists, ethologists, and evolutionary biologists.


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@qu:"This is a comprehensive reference book that we shall all need to have access to before attempting rash generalisations about parent-offspring interactions for several years to come." @source:--ETHOLOGY @qu:The series is designed for psychologists, zoologists, and psychiatrists, but will also be a valuable reference for workers in endocrinology, neurology, physiology, ethnology, and ecology. @source:--W. Rohner in BIOLOGICAL ABSTRACTS

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About the Serial Editors

Peter Slater

Dr. Peter Slater is a Kennedy Professor of Natural History at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland. He is a former Editor of the journal Animal Behaviour and past President of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. He received the Association's medal in 1999. His research interests are in vocal communication, with emphasis on the development and organization of song in birds.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of St. Andrews, Fife, U.K.

Manfred Milinski

Affiliations and Expertise

Zoologisches Institut, Abteilung Verhalten-sokologie, Universitat Bern, Hinterkappelen, Switzerland