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Complex behaviour in Social Wasps -Towards a scientific study

Gadagkar, Raghavendra (1996) Complex behaviour in Social Wasps -Towards a scientific study. [Book Chapter]


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Ethologists have traditionally avoided the question of animal intelligence. The justification put forward to support this attitude is that animal intelligence cannot be defined; many animals such as insects have too small brains for intelligence; and, that we do not have unequivocal examples of animal intelligence. This paper argues that these are misconceptions and that there is a strong case for the study of animal intelligence. A number of examples from the study of primitively eusocial wasp are given which strongly suggest the presence of a complex, intelligent behaviour.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publication: Readings in Behaviour
Publisher: New Age International Limited
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to New Age International Limited.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:34
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/9488

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