The Social Behavior of Older Animals

The Social Behavior of Older Animals
Author : Anne Innis Dagg
Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press+ORM
Total Pages : 272
Release : 2009-02-02
ISBN 10 : 9780801895395
ISBN 13 : 0801895391
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Social Behavior of Older Animals Book Description:

A groundbreaking study on the lives of senior mammals and birds—from the aging of alphas to the role of grandmothers—by the author of Animal Friendships. How do young and old social animals view each other? Are aged animals perceived by others as weaker? Or wiser? What is the relationship between age and power among social animals? Taking a cue from Frans de Waal’s seminal work examining the lives of chimpanzees, Anne Innis Dagg in this pioneering study probes the lives of older mammals and birds. Synthesizing the available scientific research and anecdotal evidence, she explores how aging affects the lives and behavior of animals ranging from elk to elephants and gulls to gorillas, examining such topics as longevity; how others in a group view senior members in regard to leadership, wisdom, and teaching; mating success; interactions with mates and offspring; how aging affects dominance; changes in aggressive behavior and adaptability; and death and dying. At once instructive and compelling, this theme-spanning book reveals the complex nature of maturity in scores of social species and shows that animal behavior often displays the same diversity we find in ourselves. “Dagg’s book should be a corrective to us all; species that lose or ignore the contributions of their older members do so at their peril.” —Literary Review of Canada “Humans and chimps, it turns out, value age in sexual partners very differently. In our species youth is prized, but among chimps the reverse is the case.” —The New York Review of Books


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