“Animal behavior weaves itself throughout the tapestry of biology: It is sparked when neurons fire in response to stimuli in the external world, it forms the interactions that lead to reproduction and genetic propagation, and it enhances complex group function.”Michael J. Ryan and Walter Wilczynski

Animal BehaviorThis clip from An Introduction to Animal Behavior, our newest book, reminds us that the all animal behaviors—mate choice, social bonding, migration, cooperation, conflict, and aggression—have a biological basis involving internal processes (e.g., genetics, neurobiology, and physiology) and external factors (e.g., environment and social surroundings).  In the book, Drs. Michael J. Ryan and Walter Wilczynski connect animal behaviors to both evolutionary considerations and mechanistic processes, providing an integrated view of why animals behave the way they do.  Drs. Ryan and Wilczynski describe classic behavioral studies in the context of new research findings in areas as diverse as endocrinology, phylogenetics, development, anatomy and physiology, molecular genetics, and neurobiology.  Extensively illustrated, An Introduction to Animal Behavior provides a well-thought-out introduction to the complexity of animal behavior, and should appeal to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professional scientists.

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