By Marc Bekoff
Why do animals play? Play has been defined in animals as different as reptiles, birds and mammals, so what advantages does it supply and the way did it evolve? cautious, quantitative stories of social, locomotor and item play habit are actually starting to solution those questions and make clear many different points of either animal and human habit. This precise interdisciplinary quantity brings jointly the main findings approximately play in a variety of species together with people. subject matters approximately play contain the evolutionary historical past of play, play constitution, functionality and improvement, and intercourse and person variations. Animal Play is destined to turn into the benchmark quantity during this topic for a few years to return, and may supply a resource of proposal and figuring out for college students and researchers in behavioral biology, neurobiology, psychology and anthropology.
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Animal Play: Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives by Marc Bekoff