The Resource A natural history of families, Scott Forbes

A natural history of families, Scott Forbes

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A natural history of families
Title
A natural history of families
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Scott Forbes
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eng
Summary
Why do baby sharks, hyenas, and pelicans kill their siblings? Why do beetles and mice commit infanticide? Why are twins and birth defects more common in older human mothers? A Natural History of Families concisely examines what behavioral ecologists have discovered about family dynamics and what these insights might tell us about human biology and behavior. Scott Forbes's engaging account describes an uneasy union among family members in which rivalry for resources often has dramatic and even fatal consequences. In nature, parents invest resources and control the allocation of resources among their offspring to perpetuate their genetic lineage. Those families sometimes function as cooperative units, the nepotistic and loving havens we choose to identify with. In the natural world, however, dysfunctional familial behavior is disarmingly commonplace. While explaining why infanticide, fratricide, and other seemingly antisocial behaviors are necessary, Forbes also uncovers several surprising applications to humans. Here the conflict begins in the moments following conception as embryos struggle to wrest control of pregnancy from the mother, and to wring more nourishment from her than she can spare, thus triggering morning sickness, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Mothers, in return, often spontaneously abort embryos with severe genetic defects, allowing for prenatal quality control of offspring. Using a broad sweep of entertaining examples culled from the world of animals and humans, A Natural History of Families is a lively introduction to the behavioral ecology of the family
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Forbes, Scott
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non fiction
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  • Zoology / General
  • Ecology
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adult
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A natural history of families, Scott Forbes
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multicolored
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text
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MWT13283167
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1 online resource.
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  • online
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9781400837236
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computer
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  • c
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MWT13283167
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remote
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13283167
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
A natural history of families, Scott Forbes
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT13283167
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781400837236
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT13283167
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
13283167
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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