Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Foraging Strategy

Technique by which a species obtains its food; it is desirable to use the most optimal strategy, which weighs costs and benefits. The optimal strategy is the one that obtains the most energy (in terms of pursuit, handling, eating, and digesting) per unit time spent in these activities while exposing the animal to the least amount of danger.

See energy-maximizing foraging strategy, energy-minimizing foraging strategy, and time minimizing foraging strategy.

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