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Burghardt, G. M. (1998). The evolutionary origins of play revisited: Lessons from turtles. In M. Bekoff & J. A. Byers (Eds.), Animal Play: Evolutionary, Comparative, and Ecological Perspectives (pp. 1–26). New York: Cambridge University Press. 
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BibTeX citation key: Burghardt1998
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Keywords: Schildkröten - turtles + tortoises, Verhalten - ethology
Creators: Bekoff, Burghardt, Byers
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (New York)
Collection: Animal Play: Evolutionary, Comparative, and Ecological Perspectives
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The origins of vertebrate play are obscure, but more understanding of these origins would aid greatly in clarifying and evaluating hypotheses about play (Bekoff & Byers 1981; Burghardt 1984, 1998). It has been clearly shown that some birds and most if not all groups of mammals show behavior currently classified as play (Ficken 1977; Fagen 1981; Ortega & Bekoff 1987). Is play behavior restricted to endothermic vertebrates with extensive parental care? Since the nineteenth century, during which claims for play were made for many invertebrates and vertebrates (Fagen 1981; Burghardt in press; Bekoff & Allen, Chapter 5), the generally accepted phyletic scope of play has become narrowed to the extent that it is generally limited to mammals and birds. If credible evidence for play outside of the mammalian and avian radiations is to be sought, key groups are found in the nonavian reptiles. Although I will use the term reptiles from here on, many authorities hold that reptiles are not a monophyletic group, that share a common ancestor. However, even if reptiles are monophyletic, birds would be part of that group, related most closely to crocodilians. Crocodilians are in many physiological, paleontological, and life history characteristics more similar to birds than other traditional reptile groups such as turtles. For example, crocodilians have a four-chambered heart and all show postnatal parental care, complete with a complex vocal communication system that includes ‘contact’ and ‘distress’ calls (Herzog & Burghardt 1977). As archosaurs, they share a more recent common ancestor with birds than with squamate reptiles or turtles.
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