Animal Behavior: How and Why Animals Do the Things They Do by Ken Yasukawa

By Ken Yasukawa

Discover why animals do what they do, in accordance with their genes, physiologies, cultures, traditions, survival and mating merits, and evolutionary histories―and learn the way learning habit within the animal global is helping us comprehend human behavior.

• presents readers with own narratives from the researchers themselves, allowing infrequent insights into how researchers imagine and what drives their studies

• Explains animal habit at the animal's phrases instead of anthropomorphizing its activities as is usually performed within the well known press and the media

• encompasses a entire thesaurus of behavioral terms

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Org/wiki/ Cave_painting. Often the animals shown are species such as ungulates, bears, or similarsized mammals that served as food. Other depictions represent symbolic connections between the people and particular groups of animals; the clan concept used by many Native American tribes often involves animal symbols, and these are depicted in pictographs and petroglyphs. From some of the rock and cave art, scientists can interpret aspects of both the hunting techniques used, such as cooperation in driving animals off cliffs, and the social structure of the group.

Drickamer INTRODUCTION When we think of animal behavior today, visions of zoological parks, Animal Planet or National Geographic Channel television programs, or some wildlife observation experiences of our own come to mind. Many individuals reading an essay such as this are likely interested in the modern study of animal behavior. The purpose of this chapter is to explain the history of animal behavior and how we got to the current, rich history of a discipline known by different groups as animal behavior, ethology, or comparative psychology, depending on training and perspective.

IN THE BEGINNING : A HISTORY OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOR 45 Linnaeus, from Sweden, is best known for developing a classification scheme to organize information about living organisms. His hierarchical scheme began with a species name combined with a second level, the genus; together these terms are known as the binomial nomenclature. He organized groups of organisms into the various levels of his scheme using physical characteristics, internal anatomy, and, in some instances, behavioral traits. Having such a scheme enabled scientists to begin comparative work, examining, for instance, the similarities of animals living in forested habitats, or, specifically, birds with regard to the entire range of characteristics associated with the annual cycle of reproduction.

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