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6. Sexual conflict

6. Sexual conflict  

Leigh W. Simmons

in Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2018
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Aug 2018
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9780191823930
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10.1093/actrade/9780198778752.003.0006
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The reproductive interests of males and females will almost always differ, for example over whether to mate and how often, when to produce offspring and how many, or how much to invest in ... More
8. Conclusions, and where to from here

8. Conclusions, and where to from here  

Leigh W. Simmons

in Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2018
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10.1093/actrade/9780198778752.003.0008
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‘Conclusions, and where to from here’ concludes that animals are far more variable in their sexual behaviour than is commonly believed, which means that they do not set a model for natural ... More
7. The wisdom of crowds

7. The wisdom of crowds  

Tristram D. Wyatt

in Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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10.1093/actrade/9780198712152.003.0007
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Recent work on collective animal behaviour shows that relatively simple behaviours by each animal acting individually can together produce complex, emergent behaviours larger than the ... More
1. Dinosaurs in perspective

1. Dinosaurs in perspective  

David Norman

in Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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9780191837104
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10.1093/actrade/9780198795926.003.0002
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‘Dinosaurs in perspective’ outlines the development of palaeontology. Dinosaurs existed in the Mesozoic Era, which is split into the Triassic (~252–201 Ma), Jurassic (~201–145 Ma), and ... More
4. The evidence for evolution by natural selection

4. The evidence for evolution by natural selection  

Jonathan Howard

in Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Feb 2014
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9780191776786
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854544.003.0004
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‘The evidence for evolution by natural selection’ shows that domestication and hybrid fertility provided evidence for evolution and against the fixity of species by experimental ... More
3. Choosing from the field of competitors

3. Choosing from the field of competitors  

Leigh W. Simmons

in Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2018
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9780191823930
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10.1093/actrade/9780198778752.003.0003
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There is now unequivocal evidence for Darwin’s long-rejected suggestion that females choose among potential mates based on their secondary sexual traits. This has shifted attention from the ... More
7. Some difficult problems

7. Some difficult problems  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

in Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

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10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.003.0007
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‘Some difficult problems’ describes some examples of biological phenomena that are difficult to explain including the evolution of flight, eyes, and protein molecules; and why ageing occurs ... More
5. Adaptation and natural selection

5. Adaptation and natural selection  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

in Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

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10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.003.0005
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The biological explanation of the origin of adaptation replaces the idea of a Designer, and is central to post-Darwinian evolutionary biology. ‘Adaptation and natural selection’ describes ... More
8. Endless forms

8. Endless forms  

Peter S. Ungar

in Teeth: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2014
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Mar 2014
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9780191779862
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10.1093/actrade/9780199670598.003.0008
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Living things must constantly adapt and change to survive when pitted against ever-evolving opposing organisms and an ever-changing world. And teeth must constantly adapt and change along ... More
1. Teeth matter

1. Teeth matter  

Peter S. Ungar

in Teeth: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2014
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9780191779862
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10.1093/actrade/9780199670598.003.0001
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‘Teeth matter’ considers how teeth can help us understand ecology and paleontology. An organism eats its neighbour for the fuel and raw materials needed to grow, sustain itself, and ... More
3. How behaviour develops

3. How behaviour develops  

Tristram D. Wyatt

in Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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10.1093/actrade/9780198712152.003.0003
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Behaviours evolve by natural selection. As genes influence how behaviours develop, selection on behaviour will alter gene frequencies in subsequent generations: genes that lead to ... More
1. The Gap between Knowledge and Wisdom

1. The Gap between Knowledge and Wisdom  

Simon Critchley

in Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776373
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853592.003.0001
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‘The gap between knowledge and wisdom’ asks: Does the scientific conception of the world eradicate the need for an answer to the question of the meaning of life? Ancient philosophy was ... More
3. The evidence for evolution: similarities and differences between organisms

3. The evidence for evolution: similarities and differences between organisms  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

in Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

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10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.003.0003
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‘The evidence for evolution: similarities and differences between organisms’ shows how the similarities between living creatures can be understood in terms of evolution. The theory of ... More
Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

Evolution: A Very Short Introduction  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

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Jul 2017
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9780191842719
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.001.0001
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Less than 150 years ago, the view that living species were the result of special creation by God was still dominant. The recognition by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace of the ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776090
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0001
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The ‘Introduction’ outlines the aims of the book: to show what fossils are, to explain some of the concepts and principles upon which the study of fossils is based, and to discuss the ... More
1. How animals behave (and why)

1. How animals behave (and why)  

Tristram D. Wyatt

in Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780191780691
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10.1093/actrade/9780198712152.003.0001
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Behaviour is a key way in which animals interact with their world: how animals find and choose mates, look after their young, find food, avoid becoming food for predators, and build nests ... More
7. How sex makes species survive

7. How sex makes species survive  

Leigh W. Simmons

in Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2018
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Aug 2018
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9780191823930
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10.1093/actrade/9780198778752.003.0007
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9780198778752
How new species come about is one of the most fundamental questions in biology. And because that process involves reproduction, and because reproduction often (though not always) means ... More
8. Afterword

8. Afterword  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

in Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

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The ‘Afterword’ provides a brief summary and concludes that our modern view of evolution is remarkably close to that of Wallace and Darwin. The chief difference is that two advances mean ... More
6. The formation and divergence of species

6. The formation and divergence of species  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

in Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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9780191842719
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.003.0006
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‘The formation and divergence of species’ is concerned with the evolution of new species and of differences between species. Different species that coexist in the same locality remain ... More
9. Darwin as a scientist: an evaluation

9. Darwin as a scientist: an evaluation  

Jonathan Howard

in Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Feb 2014
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9780191776786
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854544.003.0009
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9780192854544
‘Darwin as a scientist’ describes Charles Darwin as a theoretical scientist. Necessarily, scientific theories are not born in a vacuum: a specific issue, fact, or collection of facts has to ... More

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