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Kin Recognition - Peter G. Hepper

Kin Recognition

By: Peter G. Hepper (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1991
ISBN: 9780521372671
Number Of Pages: 470

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Kin recognition, or the ability to recognize one's genetic relations, is universal throughout the animal kingdom, from amebas to humans. This trait benefits the organism by helping to insure the survival of a specific gene group, and it is also an important factor in mate choice. Indeed, kin recognition is one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas of behavior. The study of kin recognition requires a multidisciplinary approach, and Dr. Hepper has brought together leading researchers from zoology, biology, psychology, and sociology to create a thought-provoking and critical analysis of our current knowledge of the phenomenon, with particular emphasis on the underlying processes involved and their significance for the evolution of social behavior. Together they attempt to answer the questions of how individuals recognize other individuals as kin, nonkin, or different classes of kin and why they respond differently to kin and nonkin.

"...useful, well edited and carefully balanced." Nature "This book updates an exciting and fast-moving field. It should appeal to a broad range of biologists and psychologists. The volume's strengths are its conceptual orientation and multiple investigative approaches." David W. Pfennig & Paul W. Sherman, Science "...a series of outstanding articles that examine how animals are able to recognize their kin...important for those professionals and graduate students interested in animal behavior." Choice "...extremely worthwhile. It is a must for kin recognition researchers, and it should also appeal to students of human and nonhuman behavior." George J. Gamboa, BioScience "...will be of great value to both investigators of kin recognition, and to the author or authors who produce the first complete synthesis of this field." Andrew Cockburn, Quarterly Review of Biology "...Hepper's volume contains many cautionary admonitions that primatologists would do well to heed." Donald Stone Sade, Iinternational Journal of Primatology

Contributors
Preface
Introduction
The correlation between kinship and behaviour in non-human primates
Cooperation and reciprocity in birds and mammals
Kinship and fellowship in ants and social wasps
Successes and failures of parent-offspring recognition in animals
Kinship, kin discrimination and mate choice criteria
Genetic components of kin recognition in mammals
Kin recognition in amphibians
Kin recognition cues of vertebrates
Recognizing kin: ontogeny and classification
Parental states as mechanisms for kinship recognition and deception about relatedness
Fetal learning: implications for the development of kin recognition
Information processing and storage during filial imprinting
The honey bee as a model kin recognition system
Mutual mother-infant recognition in humans
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521372671
ISBN-10: 0521372674
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 470
Published: 28th June 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.86

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