| #1 (permalink) Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:13 am (Reading) sociobiology of temite and rhesus macaques
|When the same parameters and quantitative theory
are used to analyze both termite colonies and troops
of rhesus macaques, we will have a unified science of
sociobiology. I have been increasingly impressed with the
functional similarities between insect and vertebrate
societies and less so with the structural differences that
seem, at first glance, to constitute such an immense gulf
between them. Consider termites and macaques. Both
form cooperative groups that occupy territories. In both
kinds of society there is a well-marked division of labor.
Members of both groups communicate to each other
hunger, alarm, hostility, caste status or rank, and
reproductive status. From the specialist‘s point of view,
this comparison may at first seem facile—or worse. But it
is out of such deliberate oversimplification that the
beginnings of a general theory are made. (134 words)
12. Which of the following best summarizes the
author‘s main point?
(A) Oversimplified comparisons of animal
societies could diminish the likelihood of
developing a unified science of
(B) Understanding the ways in which animals as
different as termites and rhesus macaques
resemble each other requires train in
both biology and sociology.
(C) Most animals organize themselves into
societies that exhibit patterns of group
behavior similar to those of human
(D) Animals as different as termites and rhesus
macaques follow certain similar and
predictable patterns of behavior.
(E) A study of the similarities between insect
and vertebrate societies could provide the
basis for a unified science of sociobiology.
The choice D and E looks alike, and the correct one is E. what's the point that distinguishes them? thanks.
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