By Allan Mazur

This brief, attractive quantity develops new and sociologically subtle techniques to carry the fields of biology and sociology jointly. it truly is concerning the social biology of face-to-face dominance interactions and explores the evolution of habit via connections between biology, language, tradition, and socialization. intended to be a self-contained exploration_sociologists will require no previous wisdom of biology; biologists will require no earlier wisdom of sociology_this ebook is a enjoyable, informative complement for classes all through sociology and the social sciences.

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Reptiles, among the few species surviving the great Permian extinction, diversified into niches vacated by those less fortunate. Most spectacular were the dinosaurs, dominating the land from about 200 to 65 mya when the Yucatan asteroid struck. I have in my own modest collection two coprolites— fossilized dinosaur feces—abundant in the American West because of the long tenure and huge throughput of these voracious creatures. There is strong evidence that birds (warm-blooded diapsids with feathers) evolved from dinosaurs.

Brains of warm-blooded vertebrates tend to be larger than brains of cold-blooded vertebrates of the same body weight, accommodating new mechanisms for maintaining a constant body temperature. Birds are far more social than reptiles, usually acting cooperatively to raise their young. The typical avian behavioral pattern, with exceptions, is for the male to stake out a territory in the spring, defending it from nearby males with stereotypic auditory (songs, calls) and visual displays of dominance.

Yet it is remarkable that species as far removed as humans and fruit flies hold many genes in common, coding many of the same proteins. ) The genomes of humans and chimpanzees are more than 98 percent identical (Ruvolo 1997). Inferring phylogeny from DNA requires the familiar principle of similarity: the more alike the DNA of two species, the closer their relationship, or alternatively, the more recently they had a common ancestor. Determining the coding sequence of a DNA sample is a routine laboratory task.

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