The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits

This book explores the origins and evolution of play behavior in animals. The author argues that play is not just a frivolous activity, but rather an important component of animal behavior that serves a variety of functions, including socialization, learning, and the development of cognitive and physical skills. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of animal play, including its definition, measurement, and function. The author also discusses the evolutionary and ecological factors that have shaped play behavior in different animal species. The book concludes with a discussion of the implications of this research for our understanding of animal behavior and welfare.

Burghardt, G. M. (2005). The genesis of animal play: Testing the limits. MIT Press.

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