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Kin Recognition

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P. G. Hepper, I. S. Bernstein, J. D. Ligon, P. Jaisson, M. D. Beecher, C. J. Barnard, P. G. M. Aldous, E. A. Boyse, B. Waldman, Z. T. Halpin, R. W. Elwood, S. R. Robinson, W. P. Smotherman, M. H. Johnson, W. M. Getz, R. H. Porter
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  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521017558

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  • Kin recognition, or the ability to recognize one's genetic relations, is universal throughout the animal kingdom, from amebas to humans. This trait benefits the organism by helping to insure the survival of a specific gene group, and it is also an important factor in mate choice. Indeed, kin recognition is one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas of behavior. The study of kin recognition requires a multidisciplinary approach, and Dr. Hepper has brought together leading researchers from zoology, biology, psychology, and sociology to create a thought-provoking and critical analysis of our current knowledge of the phenomenon, with particular emphasis on the underlying processes involved and their significance for the evolution of social behavior. Together they attempt to answer the questions of how individuals recognize other individuals as kin, nonkin, or different classes of kin and why they respond differently to kin and nonkin.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...useful, well edited and carefully balanced." Nature

    "This book updates an exciting and fast-moving field. It should appeal to a broad range of biologists and psychologists. The volume's strengths are its conceptual orientation and multiple investigative approaches." David W. Pfennig & Paul W. Sherman, Science

    "...a series of outstanding articles that examine how animals are able to recognize their kin....important for those professionals and graduate students interested in animal behavior." Choice

    "...extremely worthwhile. It is a must for kin recognition researchers, and it should also appeal to students of human and nonhuman behavior." George J. Gamboa, BioScience

    "...will be of great value to both investigators of kin recognition, and to the author or authors who produce the first complete synthesis of this field." Andrew Cockburn, Quarterly Review of Biology

    "...Hepper's volume contains many cautionary admonitions that primatologists would do well to heed." Donald Stone Sade, Iinternational Journal of Primatology

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    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521017558
    • length: 472 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.786kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction P. G. Hepper
    2. The correlation between kinship and behaviour in non-human primates I. S. Bernstein
    3. Cooperation and reciprocity in birds and mammals J. D. Ligon
    4. Kinship and fellowship in ants and social wasps P. Jaisson
    5. Successes and failures of parent-offspring recognition in animals M. D. Beecher
    6. Kinship, kin discrimination and mate choice criteria C. J. Barnard and P. G. M. Aldous
    7. Genetic components of kin recognition in mammals E. A. Boyse
    8. Kin recognition in amphibians B. Waldman
    9. Kin recognition cues of vertebrates Z. T. Halpin
    10. Recognizing kin: ontogeny and classification P. G. Hepper
    11. Parental states as mechanisms for kinship recognition and deception about relatedness R. W. Elwood
    12. Fetal learning: implications for the development of kin recognition S. R. Robinson and W. P. Smotherman
    13. Information processing and storage during filial imprinting M. H. Johnson
    14. The honey bee as a model kin recognition system W. M. Getz
    15. Mutual mother-infant recognition in humans R. H. Porter

  • Editor

    Peter G. Hepper, Queen's University Belfast


    P. G. Hepper, I. S. Bernstein, J. D. Ligon, P. Jaisson, M. D. Beecher, C. J. Barnard, P. G. M. Aldous, E. A. Boyse, B. Waldman, Z. T. Halpin, R. W. Elwood, S. R. Robinson, W. P. Smotherman, M. H. Johnson, W. M. Getz, R. H. Porter

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