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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $79.00
  • March 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92045-1
  • 672 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Principles of Animal Behavior

Third Edition


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Lee Alan Dugatkin (Author, University of Louisville)


Current, balanced, and comprehensive.

Principles of Animal Behavior has long been considered the most current and engaging introduction to animal behavior. The Third Edition is now also the most comprehensive and balanced in its approach to the theoretical framework behind how biologists study behavior.


The most balanced coverage of proximate and ultimate factors

The Third Edition allows students to develop a comprehensive view of the field. The text couples expanded coverage of proximate factors, including neurobiology, endocrinology, genetics, and behavior, with chapters introducing learning and cultural transmission. Examples of proximate and ultimate factors are then integrated into every chapter that follows, reinforcing the way ethologists understand them: as a complex interaction of each type of causation. 

A current approach to the field exploring the frontiers of animal behavior

The Third Edition offers current research examples in every chapter, including new examples highlighting the growing body of research on the importance of learning and cultural transmission. Phylogenetics is also thoroughly introduced and integrated throughout, both in the text and visually as phylogenetic trees. 

A focus on contemporary and applied animal behavior research

Every chapter features a new box highlighting a recent research study in applied animal behavior with an emphasis on conservation. 

Extensive Video Resources bring animal behavior to life in and outside the classroom

The Norton Animal Behavior DVD includes an extensive selection of video clips, from the BBC, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and researchers cited in the book. Web-based video quizzes—new for the Third Edition—for the clips based on research examples covered in the book test students on their mastery of core concepts as well as their ability to analyze examples of animal behavior. 


    Chapter 1: Principles of Animal Behavior
    Chapter 2: The Evolution of Behavior
    Chapter 3: Proximate Factors I: Neurobiology and Hormones
    Chapter 4: Proximate Factors II: Development and Molecular Genetics
    Chapter 5: Learning
    Chapter 6: Cultural Transmission
    Chapter 7: Sexual Selection
    Chapter 8: Mating Systems
    Chapter 9: Kinship
    Chapter 10: Cooperation
    Chapter 11: Foraging
    Chapter 12: Antipredator Behavior
    Chapter 13: Communication
    Chapter 14: Habitat Selection, Territoriality, and Migration
    Chapter 15: Aggression
    Chapter 16: Play, Aging and Disease, Animal Personalities