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Main Title The handicap principle : a missing piece of Darwin's puzzle /
Author Zehavi, Amots.
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Zahavi, Avishag.
Publisher Oxford University Press,
Year Published 1997
OCLC Number 35360821
ISBN 0195100352 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780195100358 (cloth : alk. paper)
Subjects Animal behavior ; Animal communication ; Sociaal diergedrag ; Communicatie ; Signalen ; Evolutie ; Animaux--Moeurs et comportement ; Communication animale
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ELBM  QL751.Z44 1997 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 01/30/2012
Collation xvi, 286 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Translated from Hebrew. Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-260) and index.
Contents Notes
pt. 1. Partners in communication : Prey-predator interactions -- Communication between rivals -- Mate selection. pt. 2. Methods of communication : The fallacy of species-specific signals -- Movements and ritualization -- Vocalizations -- Body parts that serve as signals -- The use of color for showing off -- Chemical communications. pt. 3. The handicap principle in social systems : Testing the bond -- Parents and offspring -- Babblers, competition for prestige, and the evolution of altruism -- The social insects : why help the queen? -- The parenting couple -- Social amebas (cellular slime molds) -- Parasite and host -- Information centers. pt. 4. Humans : Humans. "Illuminates an astonishing variety of signaling behaviors in animals ranging from ants and amebas to peacocks, gazelles, and humans. Essentially, the theory asserts that for animal signals to be effective, they must be reliable, and to be reliable they must impose a cost, or handicap, on the signaler." Includes topics such as altruism, "body features, the evolution of art, verbal language versus nonverbal communication, and the role of sex in testing the social bond."--Jacket.