Animal Traditions: Behavioural Inheritance in Evolution by Eva Jablonka, Eytan Avital

By Eva Jablonka, Eytan Avital

Eytan Avital, Eva Jablonka (eds.)

Despite its nearly common acclaim, the authors contend that evolutionary causes needs to take note of the well-established proven fact that in mammals and birds, the move of discovered details is either ubiquitous and crucial. Animal Traditions keeps the idea that number of genes offers either a adequate rationalization of evolution and a real description of its direction. The advent of the behavioral inheritance procedure into the Darwinian explanatory scheme permits the authors to supply new interpretations for universal behaviors equivalent to maternal behaviors, behavioral conflicts inside of households, adoption, and supporting. This technique deals a richer view of heredity and evolution, integrates developmental and evolutionary methods, indicates new traces for examine, and gives a optimistic replacement to either the egocentric gene and meme perspectives of the realm. This e-book will make stimulating studying for all these attracted to evolutionary biology, sociobiology, behavioral ecology, and psychology.


"Animal Traditions presents a well-written, handsomely certain, multiply listed, although idiosyncratic, creation to behavioural ecology...They offer a wealth of references to fabric in keeping with their view." Ethology 2001

"...Animal Traditions is a crucial booklet, for it indicates that there are extra attainable (and believable) causes for the evolution of animal behaviours than individuals with a gene-centric view of inheritance may be able to examine. So everybody attracted to evolutionary biology and psychology should still learn it." Biology and Philosophy

"full of normal heritage that's enjoyable and fascinating to read." technology July 2001

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Surely this cannot New rules for old games 23 be the case. It is the total life style that constitutes the culture, and this includes those socially transmitted elements that are partially dependent for their expression upon the contingent conditions. The same kind of argument can be used to justify calling the socially learnt and transmissible life style of red foxes that have colonised urban areas ‘urbanfox culture’. Of course, it does not make sense to call a change in behaviour that is totally dependent on local conditions a ‘cultural’ change.

In this chapter, therefore, we are going to take a closer look at the hereditary basis of behaviour, focusing on its genetic basis. What does it mean to say that genes determine behaviour? What is the difference between this assertion and the claim that patterns of behaviour have a genetic basis? To what extent do heritable differences in behaviour reflect genetic differences? Often the easiest and most fruitful way of thinking about the evolution of behaviour is to have some actual animal behaviour in mind, so in this and most subsequent chapters we are going to ground our discussion on some observations of real animals in their natural habitat.

In modern biology Lamarckism has usually either been ignored or ridiculed. In recent books on evolution, it has been almost a rite to point to the weakness of Lamarckism in order to illustrate the strength of Darwinism. The problem has been that, for as long as there seemed to be no evidence of a mechanism through which newly acquired adaptive characters could be transmitted while non-adaptive ones were not, Lamarckism seemed to introduce some kind of mystical goal into evolution. However, now that it has been recognised that there are inheritance systems (of which social learning is but one) that make it possible for adaptive characters to be acquired and transmitted, the ghost of teleology can be exorcised.

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