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Animal Architecture

Mike Hansell


Construction behaviour occurs across the entire spectrum of the animal kingdom and affects the survival of both builders and other organisms associated with them. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the biology of animal building. It recognizes three broad categories of built structure: homes, traps, and courtship displays. Even though some of these structures are complex and very large, the behaviour required to build them is generally simple and the anatomy for building unspecialized. Standardization of building materials helps to keep building repertoires simple, while self-organ ... More

Keywords: homes, traps, courtship displays, insects, spiderweb, bowerbird, ecosystem, niche construction, environment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198507529
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198507529.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike Hansell, author
Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences (Division of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology), University of Glasgow, UK.