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Title:
Animal behavior desk reference : a dictionary of animal behavior, ecology, and evolution
Author:
Barrows, Edward M.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xii, 922 pages ; 27 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780849320057
Format :
Book

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Central Library QL750.3 .B37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
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Revised and updated, containing over 5,000 entries, with over 1,100 more entries than in the previous edition, Animal Behavior Desk Reference, Second Edition: A Dictionary of Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution provides definitions for terms in animal behavior, biogeography, evolution, ecology, genetics, psychology, statistics, systematics, and other related sciences.
Formatted like a standard dictionary, this reference presents definitions in a quick- and easy-to-use style. For each term, where applicable, you receive:
Multiple definitions listed chronologically
Term hierarchies summarized in tables
Definition sources
Directives that show where a concept is defined under a synonymous name, and concepts related to focal ones
Non-technical and obsolete definitions
Pronunciations of selected terms
Common-denominator entries
Synonyms
Classifications of organisms and descriptions of many taxa
Organizations related to animal behavior, ecology, evolution, and related sciences
Still the most complete work of its kind, Animal Behavior Desk Reference, Second Edition: A Dictionary of Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution will improve your scientific communication, particularly in the fields of animal behavior, evolution, ecology, and related branches of biology. If you are a teacher, student, writer, or active in science in any way, this book will prove to be one of your most valuable resources.


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Barrows's comprehensive dictionary provides concise definitions about animal behavior, ecology, and evolution. In the preface, the author (biology, Georgetown Univ.) states that 1,200 terms and definitions have been added since the first edition (1995); in fact, the number of pages has increased from 671 to 922. Added appendixes show a taxonomic table of organisms and describe each. Also new is an annotated list of companies, organizations, and societies concerned with animal behavior, welfare, and conservation. This dictionary departs from other standard dictionaries (e.g., Oxford Companion to Animal Behaviors, ed. by David McFarland, CH, Sep'82), in that every definition is drawn from a cited reference; many have several. This allows readers who want to see how these terms were used in the context of a scholarly article or monograph to find the full citation in the bibliography at the back of book and to retrieve the reference in a library. Definitions are, however, complete enough to give readers the full meaning of terms. Other unusual features: definitions are listed chronologically; they are arranged hierarchically, general to specific; and see references point to related terms. Highly recommended for all college, university, and public libraries. R. G. Sabin Rice University


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