The Other Insect Societies
By (author) James T. Costa
Foreword by Bert Holldobler
Commentaries by Edward O. Wilson
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Other Insect Societies by James T. Costa
Book DescriptionAsked to name an insect society, most of us - whether casual or professional students of nature - quickly point to one of the so-called eusocial marvels: the ant colony, the beehive, the termite mound, the wasp nest. Each is awe-inspiring in its division of labour - collective defence, foraging and nest building. Yet E. O. Wilson cautioned back in 1971 that sociality should be defined more broadly, 'in order to prevent the arbitrary exclusion of many interesting phenomena'. Thirty-five years later, James T. Costa gives those interesting phenomena their due. He argues that, in trying to solve the puzzle of how highly eusocial behaviours evolved in a few insect orders, evolutionary biologists have neglected the more diverse social arrangements in the remaining 28 orders - insect societies that don't fit the eusocial schema. Costa synthesises, here, for the first time the scattered literature about social phenomena across the arthropod phylum: beetles and bugs, caterpillars and cockroaches, mantids and membracids, sawflies and spiders. This wide-ranging tour takes a rich narrative approach that interweaves theory and data analysis with the behaviour and ecology of these remarkable groups. This comprehensive treatment is likely to inspire a new generation of naturalists to take a closer look.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674021631
(254mm x 162mm x 50mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 22-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Darwin is credited with discovering evolution through natural selection, but Alfred Russel Wallace saw the same process at work in nature and elaborated the same theory. Dispelling misperceptions of Wallace as a secondary figure, James Costa reveals the two naturalists as equals in advancing one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time.
Annotated Origin, Paperback (April 2011)» View all books by James T. Costa
Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" is important and yet least read scientific work in the history of science. This title includes a practical resource for anyone reading "The Origin" for the first time or for those who want to reread it with the insights and perspective.
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Author Biography - James T. Costa
James T. Costa is the H. F. and Katherine P. Robinson Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University.
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