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The Well-Connected Animal

Social Networks and the Wondrous Complexity of Animal Societies

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2024-05-15
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Combines accessible prose with solid science.Wall Street Journal Demonstrates that whatever creature you arefrom a giraffe to a Tasmanian devillife is all about who you know.New Scientist Fascinating. . . . Easily the most intriguing, thorough explanation of animal behavior ever produced.Library Journal (starred review) This book makes a fitting companion to Ed Yongs An Immense World. An entertaining tour of what we learn as we eavesdrop on the non-human conversations all around us.Kirkus Reviews Terrific.Booklist An engaging exploration of the wondrous social webs that permeate life in animal societies around the world. Its all about who you know. Whether vampire bats sharing blood meals for survival, field crickets remembering champion fighters, macaque monkeys forming grooming pacts after a deadly hurricane, or great tit birds learning the best way to steal milkit pays to be well connected. In this tour of the animal kingdom, evolutionary biologist Lee Alan Dugatkin reveals a new field of study, uncovering social networks that existed long before the dawn of human social media. He accessibly describes the latest findings from animal behavior, evolution, computer science, psychology, anthropology, genetics, and neurobiology, and incorporates interviews and insights from researchers he finds swimming with manta rays, avoiding pigeon poop, and stopping monkeys from stealing iPads. With Dugatkin as our guide, we investigate social networks in giraffes, elephants, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, whales, bats, and more. From animal networks in Australia and Asia to Africa, Europe, and the Americas, The Well-Connected Animal is an eye-opening expos of wild friends, enemies, and everything in between.
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Combines accessible prose with solid science. . . . Networking, it turns out, isnt merely a clich for twenty-first-century social-media climbers. Many animal speciesperhaps mostdo it just fine without Facebook, X or cellphones. Its noteworthy that even as loneliness in our own species has been increasingly recognized as a modern problem, network analysis among animals has revealed that deeper, stronger bonds generally result in longer lifespans. These networks cover a range of activities, including dominance interactions, vocal communication, migration, food-finding, alarm-calling, gesturing, mate selection and cultural transmissionpretty much anything that animals do, most of which have deep resonance for the lives of human beings as well. . . . Reader, I connected with this book and I think theres a good chance you will, too." -- David Barash * Wall Street Journal * "In the past twenty years social network analysis has revolutionized our understanding of animal societies. By studying the flow of information within animal groups, animal behaviorists have shown that sophisticated social networks 'permeate the natural world. Historian of science Dugatkin reveals the network dynamics behind giraffes nurseries and vampire bats reciprocal blood sharing, as well as the dedication necessary to collect these data. Although it may require researchers to paint numbers on honeybees, social networking theory confirms that complex social dynamics are not just for humans." * Scientific American * "This fascinating, easy-to-read work describes the how, what, and why of animal behavior, much of which is remarkably similar to humans. A must-purchase, this book presents what is easily the most intriguing, thorough explanation of animal behavior ever produced." * Library Journal (starred review) * "An engaging exploration of the interconnectedness of the animal world. Our belief in human exceptionalism has long included the dogma that we are the only animals that create complex social networksbut we are wrong. In this compelling book, evolutionary biologist Dugatkin notes that while the study of complex non-human social networks is a fairly young discipline, new research is occurring at a rapid pace. . . . This book makes a fitting companion to Ed Yongs An Immense World. An entertaining tour of what we learn as we eavesdrop on the non-human conversations all around us." * Kirkus Reviews * "This terrific survey of how animals of different species relate to each other on individual and group levels reads like a scientific mystery as Dugatkin vividly and compellingly describes exciting breakthroughs." * Booklist * "The Well-Connected Animal by Dugatkin studies how animals share information and resources through socializing, including how great tit birds learn to break into milk bottles and how vampire bats split meals." * Publishers Weekly, Spring 2024 Adult Preview: Science * Our understanding of animal societies expands at an ever-accelerating rate. In The Well-Connected Animal, evolutionary biologist Dugatkin demonstrates that whatever creature you arefrom a giraffe to a Tasmanian devillife is all about who you know. -- Simon Ings * New Scientist, "20 Non-Fiction and Popular Science Books to Look Forward to in 2024" * One of the most talented biologists of our time lends fascinating insight into the most important part of our existence. By exploring the origins of our social connections, Dugatkin uncovers a world of cooperation, communication, and bonding in the animal kingdom that ultimately leads to ours. A beautifully written adventure into the secrets of the natural world. -- Brian Hare, coauthor of "The Genius of Dogs" For many years, Dugatkin has been one of my 'go-to-guys' for learning about cutting edge research in animal behavior. The Well-Connected Animal is yet another one of his extremel

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Lee Alan Dugatkin is an evolutionary biologist and historian of science in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville. Among his many books, he is coauthor of How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog) and the author of Power in the Wild, both also published by the University of Chicago Press.


Preface 1. The Networked Animal 2. The Ties That Bind 3. The Food Network 4. The Reproduction Network 5. The Power Network 6. The Safety Network 7. The Travel Network 8. The Communication Network 9. The Culture Network 10. The Health Network Afterword Acknowledgments Notes Index