Tinbergen's Legacy: Function and Mechanism in Behavioral Biology

Tinbergen's Legacy: Function and Mechanism in Behavioral Biology

by Johan Bolhuis, Simon Verhulst, Johan J. Bolhuis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521874785

ISBN-13: 9780521874786

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Nobel laureate Niko Tinbergen laid the foundations for the scientific study of animal behavior with his work on causation, development, function and evolution. In this book, an international cast of leading animal biologists reflect on the enduring significance of Tinbergen’s groundbreaking proposals for modern behavioral biology. It includes a reprint of

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Nobel laureate Niko Tinbergen laid the foundations for the scientific study of animal behavior with his work on causation, development, function and evolution. In this book, an international cast of leading animal biologists reflect on the enduring significance of Tinbergen’s groundbreaking proposals for modern behavioral biology. It includes a reprint of Tinbergen’s original article on the famous "four whys" and a contemporary introduction, after which each of the four questions are discussed in the light of contemporary evidence. Also discussed is the wider significance of recent trends in evolutionary psychology and neuroecology to integrate the "four whys". With a foreword by one of Tinbergen’s most prominent pupils, Aubrey Manning, this wide-ranging book demonstrates that Tinbergen’s views on animal behavior are crucial for modern behavioral biology. It will appeal to graduate students and researchers in animal behavior, behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521874786
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. On aims and methods of ethology N Tinbergen; 2. Tinbergen's four questions and contemporary behavioural biology Jerry A. Hogan and Johan J. Bolhuis; 3. Causation: the study of behavioural mechanisms Jerry A. Hogan; 4. Tinbergen's fourth question. Ontogeny: sexual and individual differentiation David Crews and Ton Groothuis; 5. The development of behaviour: trends since Tinbergen (1963) Jerry A. Hogan and Johan J. Bolhuis; 6. The study of function in behavioural ecology Innes Cuthill; 7. The evolution of behaviour, and integrating it towards a complete and correct understanding of behavioural biology Michael J. Ryan; 8. Do ideas about function help in the study of causation? David F. Sherry; 9. Function and mechanism in neuroecology: looking for clues Johan J. Bolhuis.

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