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Tinbergen's Legacy Function and Mechanism in Behavioral Biology

ISBN-10: 0521697557
ISBN-13: 9780521697552
Edition: 2008
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $59.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

Simon Verhulst is assistant professor of Behavioural Biology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His research interests have included ecological immunology, avian life history evolution and avian energetics, all with the aim to study the interplay between function and mechanism of behavior. In 2004 he was elected as member of 'The Young Academy', the junior section of the Dutch Royal Society. He has been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Animal Ecology since 2007.

Contributors page
Foreword
Preface
On aims and methods of ethology
Tinbergen's four questions and contemporary behavioral biology
Causation: the study of behavioral mechanisms
Tinbergen's fourth question, ontogeny: sexual and individual differentiation
The development of behavior: trends since Tinbergen (1963)
The Study of function in behavioral ecology
The evolution of behavior, and integrating it towards a complete and correct understanding of behavioral biology
Do ideas about function help in the study of causation?
Function and mechanism in neuroecology: looking for clues
References
Index

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