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1Introduction. Organization, Readings, Projects. Approaches to the Study of Animals and Their Behavior.
2Classics; Key Concepts in Ethology.
3Key Concepts in Sociobiology.
4Key Concepts in Learning.
5Habitat Selection. Nest Site Selection; Territoriality; Dispersal; Migration.
6Feeding. Foraging or Stalking; Prey Capture; Storage/Hoarding; Consummation. Tool Use. Cooperation among Conspecifics.
7Antipredator Behavior. Detection; Tricking the Predator; Defenses -- Individual, Social; Other Adaptations.
8Sexuality. Dimorphisms in Body and Behavior; Social Organization, Dominance Structures; Evolution of Sexual Signals, Emancipation from Original Uses.
9Mating and Reproduction. Pair Bonding Varieties and Advantages; Brood Tending and Its Evolution; Similarities of Emancipated Actions Across Widely Different Species.
10Maintenance Functions (Other than Feeding and Predator Avoidance). Elimination; Temperature Regulation; Grooming, Cleaning of Body and Nest, and Evolution/Emancipation of these Actions for Social Uses; Reactions to Illness and Injury; Sleeping and Activity Cycles; Nesting re Other Functions, Adaptations.
11Flies and Other Insects.
12Rodents and Lagomorphs. Social vs. Solitary; Specialized vs. Generalized/Non-specialized.
13Cats and Other Large Predators; Ferrets.
14Vegetarian Foragers: Ungulates; Most Cetaceans.
15Primates: Monkeys.
16Primates: Apes.
17Human Ethology.
18Cognitive Ethology/Comparative Cognition.
19Wild Animals in Captivity. Animals in Cages re Natural Adaptations, cf. Humans in Crowded Conditions. Animal Rights. Religious Views of Animals. Conservation Efforts that Succeed or Go Awry.
20Behavioral Pharmacology and Toxicology. Behavioral Pathologies in Laboratory and in the Wild.
21Project Reports.



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