Life: The Science of Biology 11th Edition

Published by W. H. Freeman
ISBN 10: 1-31901-016-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-31901-016-4

Chapter 52 - Animal Behavior - 52.4 - Selective Pressures Shape Behavior - 52.4 Recap - Learning Outcomes - Page 1127: 3


By analyzing the cost–benefit approaches to feeding behavior, scientists obtain information known as optimal foraging theory, which aids in identification of the fitness value of feeding choices. The most closely examined factor is the nutritional value of the food obtained: the caloric energy, minerals, and vitamins it contains.

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