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African Mole-Rats: Ecology and Eusociality Hardcover – March 13, 2000

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521771994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521771993
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,061,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although the authors present solid scientific information complete with copious high quality tables and graphs, their writing style is such as to engage nonprofessionals as well as those doing research on mole-rats. Their book should be in libraries of colleges and universities, particularly those emphasizing ecology, vertebrate biology, evolution, and animal behavior." Choice

"African Mole-Rats is a must for research libraries and individuals intrigued with the ecology, evolution, and elaboration of social life." Quarterly Review of Biology

"This book is valuable to all of us interested in evolution of social behavior for its comprehensive references on the African mole-rats and it has the advantage over an edited volume of being clearly organized and having consistent style. African mole-rats, ecology and eusociality is an excellent review of the Bathyergidae and a well-crafted arguement in support of the AFDH." Ethology

Book Description

African mole-rats are a unique group of subterranean rodents in which some species show complex insect-like social behaviour and reproductive strategies. This book brings together more than two decades of research on their ecology, behaviour and genetics from the field and laboratory. Examining how the field has moved on since publication of the seminal early 90s volume on Naked Mole-Rats, it explores how these species can help us to understand how complex social behaviour has evolved. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of behaviour.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ted Stankowich on June 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a fellow mole-rat researcher, I found this book to be an extremely valuable resource for information on all of the Bathyergidae rodents. From phylogenetic analysis to an interspecies comparison of sociality, Bennett and Faulkes cover all of the relevant topics and provide an extensive summary of all of the relevant literature. Mole-rats are an excellent group of animals for studying mammalian social behavior and cooperative breeding. This book is a must buy for anyone interested in mole-rats or even animal social behavior for that matter.
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