Biology 3436F/G Chapter Notes - Chapter 3: Adaptationism

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An introduction to animal behavior: evolutionary theory provides the foundation for the study of animal behavior, charles darwin realized that evolutionary change would occur if natural selection took place. This process happens when individuals differ in their ability to reproduce successfully, as a result of their inherited attributes. Questions about ultimate causes are those that focus on the possible adaptive value of a behavior as well as those that ask how an ancestral trait became modified over time, leading to a modern characteristic of interest.

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