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Animal Communication Networks by P. K. McGregor

By P. K. McGregor

such a lot animal conversation has developed and now occurs within the context of a communique community, i.e. numerous signallers and receivers inside of verbal exchange variety of one another. this concept follows obviously from the statement that many indications shuttle additional than the common spacing among animals. this is often self obviously real for long-range signs, yet at a excessive density an analogous is correct for short-range signs (e.g. begging calls of nestling birds). This ebook offers a present precis of analysis on communique networks and appraises destiny clients. It combines details from reviews of a number of taxonomic teams (insects to humans through fiddler crabs, fish, frogs, birds and mammals) and a number of other signalling modalities (visual, acoustic and chemical signals). It additionally particularly addresses the numerous components of interface among communique networks and different disciplines (from the evolution of human charitable behaviour to the psychophysics of sign notion, through social behaviour, body structure and mathematical models).

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