Curious Naturalists

Front Cover
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1984 - Nature - 268 pages
1 Review
Enthusiastic and informal accounts of the exciting discoveries and fascinating observations made by naturalists in the study of the behavior of animals in their natural surroundings.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
17
Section 2
23
Section 3
27
Section 4
34
Section 5
35
Section 6
63
Section 7
79
Section 8
90
Section 12
172
Section 13
188
Section 14
190
Section 15
191
Section 16
206
Section 17
235
Section 18
242
Section 19
247

Section 9
95
Section 10
103
Section 11
162
Section 20
250
Section 21
258

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1984)

Nikolaas Tinbergen, a Dutch zoologist, with the Austrian biologist Konrad Lorenz founded the field of modern ethology---the study of animals in their natural surroundings. The two men shared the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine with Karl von Frisch (see Vol. 5) in 1973. Convinced of the sterility of much contemporary comparative and experimental psychology, and appalled at the far-reaching generalizations made by psychologists on the basis of observations of a few species of caged rodents, Tinbergen set out to study a few highly specific problems in animal behavior: the nature of the stickleback's courtship, the stimuli causing a young herring gull to beg for food, and the reasons gulls bother to remove empty eggshells from their nests. His influential book The Study of Instinct (1951) had a tremendous impact on the development of ethology. Ethologists believe that instinct is a motivational basis for human behavior as well as for animal behavior and hence that ethological studies have valid human applications. Tinbergen is particularly concerned that human beings are in danger of losing their ability to adapt because of the very rapid changes taking place in contemporary society. He thinks there is much we can learn from close study of animal adaptation.

Bibliographic information