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Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior - Lecture 32

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Lecture 32 - Economic Decisions for the Foraging Individual

There are several ways to examine the behaviors of organisms when they forage or hunt for food or mates. These behaviors become more complex in higher organisms, such as primates and whales, which can hunt in groups. Foragers and hunters have been shown to examine the marginal cost and marginal benefit of continuing an action and then adjust their behaviors accordingly. They are also able to handle risk by hoarding resources.

Prof. Stephen C. Stearns
EEB 122: Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior, Spring 2009
(Yale University: Open Yale)
Date accessed: 2009-11-18
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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