An Introduction to Animal Behaviour / Edition 5

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Overview

Using its powerful beak, a lorikeet gently preens its mate's feathers; young cheetahs rest together in the shade; fireflies semaphore to each other across a darkened landscape and a mongoose deftly bites its prey to death. The study of animal behavior is about all these things and more. It involves absolute stillness and violent activity, all the noises and smells and changes of color and shape that characterize animal life. Taking the organization of behavior within the individual animal as its core, this clear, concise and readable foray into the fascinating world of animal behavior investigates Tinbergen's questions of causation, evolution, development and function. It provides lucid accounts of all levels of behavior from the nerve cell to that of the population. The broad biological approach of this new, rewritten edition makes it an excellent choice for all students of animal behavior and psychology and their teachers.
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'… an excellent introduction to the study of animal behaviour.' Johan Bolhuis, Animal Behaviour

'An excellent book for all students of ethology, neurobiology, psychology and animal behaviour.' Antonita Harper, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

' … this edition is just as easy to read and as clearly explained as all the previous ones. It will provide an excellent and up-to-date introduction to the broad field of animal behaviour.' Marion Hall, Animal Welfare

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521578912
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 460
  • Sales rank: 1,230,566
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Aubrey Manning, OBE FRSE was Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh. His main research and teaching interests were based around animal behaviour, development and evolution. He completed his DPhil under Niko Tinbergen and is now Emeritus Professor. He received the Zoological Society of London Silver Medal in 2003 for public understanding of science.

Marian Stamp Dawkins is Professor of Animal Behaviour at the University of Oxford where she heads the Animal Behaviour Research Group. Her research interests lie around animal perceptual worlds, with particular emphasis on animal suffering. She has authored, co-authored and edited eight books dealing with subjects ranging from basic behaviour to animal suffering and consciousness.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The development of behaviour; 3. Stimuli and communication; 4. Motivation and decision-making; 5. Learning and memory; 6. Evolution; 7. Social organisation; References; Index.
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