By Ian C. W. Hardy,Mark Briffa

Contests are an enormous element of the lives of various animals, from sea anemones competing for house on a rocky shore to fallow deer stags contending for entry to ladies. Why do animals struggle? What determines while fights cease and which contestant wins? Addressing primary questions about contest behaviour, this quantity provides theoretical and empirical views throughout quite a number species. The historic improvement of contest examine, the evolutionary concept of either dyadic and multiparty contests, and techniques to experimental layout and knowledge research are mentioned within the first chapters. this is often by means of stories of study in key animal taxa, from using aerial screens and review ideas in butterflies and the developmental biology of guns in beetles, via to interstate conflict in people. the ultimate bankruptcy considers destiny instructions and purposes of contest examine, making this a finished source for either graduate scholars and researchers within the field.

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