The Mammalian Radiations: An Analysis of Trends in Evolution, Adaptation, and Behavior
University of Chicago Press, 1983 - 610 páginas
The historical perspective; The history of mammals; The early radiations; The edentata; The pholidota; conclusions concerning the early radiations; Madagascar as a refugium: the radiation of the tenrecidae and other madagascan mammals; The phylogeny of behavior: a mammalian baseline; Mammalian radiations on the contiguous continental land masses; The order macroscelidea; The order lagomorpha; The order rodentia; The order insectivora; The grandorder ferae; The grandorder archonta; The grandoder ungulata; Trends in the adaptation and distribution of the mammalia; Macrophysiology and adaptation; A consideration of mammalian size and metabolic rate; The influence of body size on life history; Feeding and foraging categories: some size constraints; Mammalian size-classes and their distribution according to niche and zoogeographic constraints; The relative size of the mammalian brain; Reproduction and development; Reproduction and life history strategies; Behavior as a subject for study; The genetic basis for behavior patterns; A consideration of biological rhythms and temporal patterning; Description and classification of the behavioral elements common to generalized terrestrial mammals; The interaction systems of generalized mammals; Reproductive failure, social pathology, and the special case of infanticide; The structure of social organizations; A classification of mammalian social organization; Toward a definition of the selective forces producing the different grades of sociality; Synthesis.
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