Living in groups has been an animal survival strategy for millions of years. ""Animal Life in Groups"" explores the social lives of insects, meerkats, primates, and others, with a special emphasis on how such packs compare to one another and how they benefit individual members. From hives to shellfish herds to complex cultures, the intricacies of community living are both amazing and instructive about the evolution of behavior, cooperation, intelligence, and emotions.
Toney Allman has written more than 30 nonfiction books for young readers. She holds two psychology degrees: a bachelor of science from Ohio State University and a master of arts from the University of Hawaii. One of her first assignments as a new graduate student was to observe gorilla behavior in the Honolulu Zoo.