June 5 2013

12:00 LSB 2320

Ted Stankowich
Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach

Fear, Fleeing, and Fighting: The Evolution of Antipredator Defenses in Mammals


Predation, or the threat of predation, has profoundly influenced the behavioral and morphological evolution of many animal species and provides an exciting theoretical system in which to ask important questions about broad evolutionary processes. This talk will focus on how selection due to predation shapes the evolution of adaptive behavioral and morphological defenses, which buffer the full force of selection, and favors individuals that can accurately assess and manipulate opponents behaviorally. Discussions will include the evolution of predator recognition ability under relaxed selection and the evolution of defensive weaponry like horns and noxious sprays and bold, aposematic coloration.











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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