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Time Allocation - Introduction The unique behavior of...

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Introduction : The unique behavior of animals is determined by their environment and genetics, factors which, in conjunction, are unique to each individual animal. Animals carry out numerous behaviors, including sensory processes, communication, orientation, and social behavior (McGill). A majority of an animal’s behaviors will act to increase that animal’s reproductive fitness and heighten its chances for reproduction. To learn more about animals, field studies are carried out. “Field investigations address many different types of behavior, including social behavior, mating systems, sheltering and feeding habits, predator-prey relationships, migration, and navigation” (Roberson). These investigations help us to understand the reasons and results of an animal’s actions. One type of field study is a time allocation study, in which animals are observed and their time invested in various activities is recorded. This leads to a better understanding of a specie’s time budget, or its effective use of its time resources.
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