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Book Review: Ethology. The Mechanisms and Evolution of Behavior. By James L. Gould

Horridge, George Adrian

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Over the past hundred years or so, the field behaviour of numerous fascinating and specialized animals has been studied in progressively greater detail. James Gould is a well-practised master at describing the most interesting examples of this cornucopia. His book outlines the development of the subject Ethology, which is the scientific analysis of behaviour. He gives a nod towards nerve impulses, neural mechanisms, sense organs and processing at synapses, then he plunges into the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHorridge, George Adrian
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-26T00:45:35Z
dc.identifier.issn0144-8757
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/165184
dc.description.abstractOver the past hundred years or so, the field behaviour of numerous fascinating and specialized animals has been studied in progressively greater detail. James Gould is a well-practised master at describing the most interesting examples of this cornucopia. His book outlines the development of the subject Ethology, which is the scientific analysis of behaviour. He gives a nod towards nerve impulses, neural mechanisms, sense organs and processing at synapses, then he plunges into the animal kingdom. The subject matter is arranged as illustration of themes and principles but even so it abounds with diverting anecdotes. We find the 'femme fatale' firefly, tributary-homing by salmon, bloody behaviour of hyenas, and orientation by magnetic fields. The text vibrates with the enthusiasm of an extroverted teacher. The material includes the life's work of many gifted men, backed up by the attraction of the cute, the bizarre and furry animals, downy chicks and man-like primates. Excellent illustrations support the text and contribute to an attractive book.
dc.format.extent3 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.rights© Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceQuarterly Journal of Experimental Physiology
dc.titleBook Review: Ethology. The Mechanisms and Evolution of Behavior. By James L. Gould
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume69
dc.date.issued1984
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.wiley.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHorridge, George Adrian, Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry, CoS Research School of Biology, The Australian National University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage649
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage651
local.identifier.doi10.1113/expphysiol.1984.sp002851
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