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Chapter 9: Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior

Chapter 9: Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior 

Introduction

This chapter covers materials for the allied fields of ecology, evolu­tion, and animal behavior.  Ecology is "the study of the interrelationships between organ­isms and their natural environment, both living and nonliving."  Conservation biology and environ­mentalism are closely related, but not extensively covered in this chapter.  Evolution is "the gradual process by which the present diversity of plant and animal life arose from the earliest and most primitive organisms."  See also Chapter 7, “Genetics”, for related materials. Animal behavior, “the activities that constitute an animal’s response to its external environment”, here encompasses all biological sub-disci­plines includ­ing ethology, socio­biology and behavioral ecology. Human behavior and comparative psychology are largely excluded from consideration, and neurobiology is covered in Chapter 11.


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