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Papers by Prof. Amotz & Avishag Zahavi  

A new paper (not yet peer reviewed) By  Avishag Zahavi and her daughters: Naama Zahavi-Ely & Tirtza Zahavi. Arabian Babblers adopted as fledglings are accepted as mates by their adopters (unlike offspring, which are not taken as mates) PDF

Wahrman, J., & Zahavi, A. (1953). Intra-generic differences in chromosome numbers of spiny mice (Rodentia: Murinae). Bull. Res. Council Israel, 3, 265.‏ ISO 690. PDF

Wahrman, J., & Zahavi, A. (1955). Cytological contributions to the phylogeny and classification of the rodent genus Gerbillus. 

Nature, 175(4457), 600. PDF

Zahavi, A., & Wahrman, J. (1956). Chromosome races in the genus Acomys (Rodentia: Murinae). Bull. Res. Coun. Israel, 5, 316.‏ PDF


Wahrman, J., & Zahavi, A. (1958). Cytogenetic analysis of mammalian sibling species by means of hybridization. Proc. X Internat. Congr. Genet., 2, 304-305.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1974). Communal nesting by the Arabian babbler: a case of individual selection. Ibis, 116(1), 84-87.‏PDF

Zahavi, A., & Dudai, R. (1974). FIRST BREEDING RECORD OF BLANDFORD'S WARBLER SYLVIA LEUCOMELANEA. Israel Journal of Zoology, 23(1), 55-56.‏PDF

Zahavi, A. (1975). Mate selection—a selection for a handicap. Journal of theoretical Biology, 53(1), 205-214.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1976). Cooperative nesting in Eurasian birds. In Proc. 16th Int. Ornithol. Congr (Vol. 2, pp. 685-693).‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1977). Reliability in communication systems and the evolution of altruism. In Evolutionary ecology (pp. 253-259). Palgrave, London.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1977). The testing of a bond. Animal Behaviour, 25, 246-247. ‏PDF

Zahavi, A. (1977). The cost of honesty: further remarks on the handicap principle. Journal of theoretical Biology, 67(3), 603-605.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1978). DECORATIVE PATTERNS AND EVOLUTION OF ART. New Scientist, 80(1125), 182-184. PDF

Zahavi, A. (1978). Parasitism and nest predation in parasitic cuckoos. The American Naturalist, 113(1), 157-159.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1979). Why shouting?. The American Naturalist, 113(1), 155-156. ‏PDF

Zahavi, A. (1980). Ritualization and the evolution of movement signals. Behaviour, 72(1), 77-80.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1981). Natural selection, sexual selection and the selection of signals. Evolution today, 133-138.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1981). Some comments on sociobiology. The Auk, 98(2), 412-415.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1981). THE LATERAL DISPLAY OF FISHES-BLUFF OR HONESTY IN SIGNALING. Behaviour Analysis Letters, 1(4), 233-235.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1982). Some further comment on gathering of birds. Ornithologici. 919-920. PDF

Zahavi, A. (1982). The pattern of vocal signals and the information they convey. Behaviour, 80(1), 1-8.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A., Eisikowitch, D., Kadman Zahavi, A., & Cohen, A. (1983). A new approach to flower constancy in honey bees. Colloques de l'INRA (France).‏ PDF

Zahavi, A., & Ralt, D. (1984). Social adaptations in myxobacteria. In Myxobacteria (pp. 215-220). Springer, New York, NY. ‏PDF

Carlisle, T. R., & Zahavi, A. (1986). Helping at the nest, allofeeding and social status in immature Arabian babblers. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 18(5), 339-351. ‏PDF

Zahavi, A. (1986). Mate choice through signals. PDF

Zahavi, A. (1986). Mate guarding in the Arabian Babbler, A group-living songbird. PDF

Zahavi, A. (1986). Reliability in signalling motivation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 9(4), 741-742. ‏PDF

Zahavi, A. (1987). The theory of signal selection and some of its implications. In International Symposium of Biological Evolution, 1987. Adtiatici Editrici.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1989). Arabian babbler. InLifetime Reproduction in Birds (I. Newton, ed.).PDF

Zahavi, A. (1990). Arabian babblers: the quest for social status in a cooperative breeder. Cooperative breeding in birds, 103-130.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1991). On the definition of sexual selection, Fisher's model, and the evolution of waste and of signals in general. Animal Behaviour.‏ PDF

Lotem, A., Nakamura, H., & Zahavi, A. (1992). Rejection of cuckoo eggs in relation to host age: a possible evolutionary equilibrium. Behavioral Ecology, 3(2), 128-132.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1992). Sexual selection: Badges and signals. Trends in ecology & evolution, 7(1), 30-31.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1993). Some clarifications of the notion of signals: A reply to Richner.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1993). The fallacy of conventional signalling. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B, 340(1292), 227-230. PDF‏

Zahavi, A. (1995). Altruism as a handicap: the limitations of kin selection and reciprocity. Journal of Avian Biology, 26(1), 1-3.‏PDF

LOTEM, A., NAKAMURA, H., & ZAHAVI, A. (1995). Constraints on egg discrimination and cuckoo-host co-evolution. Animal behaviour, 49(5), 1185-1209.‏ PDF

Nahon, E., Atzmony, D., Zahavi, A., & Granot, D. (1995). Mate selection in yeast: A reconsideration of the signals and the message encoded by them. Journal of theoretical biology, 172(4), 315-322.‏ISO 690. PDF

Zahavi, A. (1995). Altruism as a handicap: the limitations of kin selection and reciprocity. Journal of Avian Biology, 26(1), 1-3.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1996). Cooperation among lions: an overlooked theory. Trends in ecology & evolution, 11(6), 252. ‏PDF

Zahavi, A. (1996). The evolution of communal roosts as information centers and the pitfall of group selection: a rejoinder to Richner and Heeb. Behavioral Ecology, 7(1), 118-119.‏ PDF

ZAHAVI, A. (1997). A reply to John. Animal Behaviour, 54(1), 228-229.‏ PDF

Atzmony, D., Zahavi, A., & Nanjundiah, V. (1997). Altruistic behaviour in Dictyostelium discoideum explained on the basis of individual selection. Current Science, 72(2), 142-145.‏ PDF

Lundy, K. J., Parker, P. G., & Zahavi, A. (1998). Reproduction by subordinates in cooperatively breeding Arabian babblers is uncommon but predictable. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 43(3), 173-180.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A., & Zahavi, A. (1998). The handicap principle: A missing piece of Darwin's puzzle. Oxford University Press.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (1999). Babbler altruism and Kin selection: A reply to Jon. Journal of Avian Biology, 30(1), 115-115.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (2000). Altruism: The unrecognized selfish traits. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 7(1-2), 253-256.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (2003). Indirect selection and individual selection in sociobiology: my personal views on theories of social behaviour. Essays in Animal Behaviour: Celebrating 50 Years of Animal Behaviour, 271.‏ PDF

Pozis-Francois, O., Zahavi, A., & Zahavi, A. (2004). Social play in Arabian babblers. Behaviour, 141(4), 425-450.‏ PDF

Kalishov, A., Zahavi, A., & Zahavi, A. (2005). Allofeeding in Arabian babblers (Turdoides squamiceps). Journal of Ornithology, 146(2),

141-150.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (2007). 16 Sexual Selection, Signal Selection and the Handicap Principle.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (2008). The handicap principle and signalling in collaborative systems. Sociobiology of communication. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1-11.‏ Click Here

ZAHAVI, A. (2010). Living with birds and conservation. PDF

Zahavi, A., & Perel, M. (2011). The information encoded by the sex steroid hormones testosterone and estrogen: a hypothesis. Journal of theoretical biology, 280(1), 146-149.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A., & Zahavi, A. (2012). The logic of analog signaling and the theory of signal selection. ISRAEL JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 58(4), 269-278.‏ PDF

Weiss, M., & Zahavi, A. (2012). The information provided by the adrenal cortical steroids: A hypothesis. Journal of theoretical biology, 311, 66-68.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A. (2013). A comment on the term sexual selection. Current Zoology, 59(4), 589-589.‏ PDF

Harris, K. D., & Zahavi, A. (2013). The evolution of ACh and GABA as neurotransmitters: A hypothesis. Medical hypotheses, 81(5),


Harris, K. D., Weiss, M., & Zahavi, A. (2014). Why are neurotransmitters neurotoxic? An evolutionary perspective. F1000Research, 3.‏ PDF

Dattner, A., Zahavi, A., & Zahavi, A. (2015). Competition over guarding in the Arabian babbler (Turdoides squamiceps), a cooperative breeder. F1000Research, 4.‏ PDF

Harris, K. D., Barzilai, A., & Zahavi, A. (2015). An evolutionary perspective on signaling peptides: toxic peptides are selected to provide information regarding the processing of the propeptide, which represents the phenotypic state of the signaling cell. F1000Research, 4.‏ PDF

Zahavi, A., Harris, K. D., & Nanjundiah, V. (2018). An individual-level selection model for the apparent altruism exhibited by cellular slime moulds. Journal of biosciences, 1-10.‏ PDF

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