Animal Signals (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution)

Animal Signals (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution)

John Maynard-Smith


Why are animal indications trustworthy? this can be the critical challenge for evolutionary biologists drawn to signs. in fact, no longer all indications are trustworthy; yet so much are, in a different way receivers of signs could forget about them. a few theoretical solutions were proposed and empirical reports made, yet there nonetheless continues to be a large amount of confusion. The authors, one a theoretician the opposite a fieldworker, introduce a feeling of order to this chaos. an important reason behind confusion has been the tendency for various researchers to exploit both an analogous time period with varied meanings, or assorted phrases with an analogous that means. The authors try and make clear those alterations. A moment explanation for confusion has arisen simply because many biologists proceed to imagine that there's just one right cause of sign reliability. The authors argue that the reliability of indications is maintained in numerous methods, suitable in numerous situations, and that biologists needs to discover ways to distinguish among them. during this publication they clarify different theories, provide examples of signalling structures to which one or one other conception applies, and aspect to the numerous components the place extra paintings, either theoretical and empirical, is required.

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