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An Introduction to Animal Behaviour

Written in an accessible style, it covers the fundamentals of animal behaviour required for an introductory course
In full colour throughout with detailed examples and explanations of a large range of fascinating behaviours
Authored by two leading experts in their field, whose enthusiastic style will both motivate and help students to develop an appreciation of this fascinating field

By: Aubrey Manning (Author), Marian Stamp-Dawkins (Author)

458 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | May 2012 | Edition: 6 | #194018 | ISBN-13: 9780521165143
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Hardback | May 2012 | Edition: 6 | #194019 | ISBN-13: 9781107000162
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About this book

Now in full colour, this revised and updated edition of Manning and Dawkins' classic text provides a beautifully written introduction to the fundamentals of animal behaviour. Tinbergen's four questions of causation, evolution, development and function form the fundamental framework of the text, illustrated with fascinating examples of complex behavioural mechanisms. The authors provide accounts of all levels of behaviour from the nerve cell to that of the population. The strengths of An Introduction to Animal Behaviour as a textbook include its clear explanations and concise, readable text and the enthusiasm of the authors for their subject.

"This introduction to 'the liveliest aspect of all that lives' (as Konrad Lorenz famously called behaviour) covers all the angles one would expect from a biologically oriented approach. It will be of tremendous value to any student seeking to explore what questions this field of research addresses and the many useful insights and concepts it has developed."
– Frans de Waal, Emory University

"Combining the best of classical ethology with modern developments in behavioural biology, the sixth edition of a famous textbook is enormously welcome. I strongly recommend this beautifully written and illustrated book to students of all ages."
– Patrick Bateson, University of Cambridge

"! an excellent introduction to the study of animal behaviour."
– Johan Bolhuis, Animal Behaviour

"An excellent book for all students of ethology, neurobiology, psychology and animal behaviour."
– Antonita Harper, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

" [...] this edition is just as easy to read and as clearly explained as all the previous ones. It will provide an excellent and up-to-date introduction to the broad field of animal behaviour."
– Marion Hall, Animal Welfare


1. Introduction
2. The development of behaviour
3. Stimuli and communication
4. Decision-making and motivation
5. Learning and memory
6. Evolution
7. Social organization


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Aubrey Manning, OBE FRSE was Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh. His main research and teaching interests were based around animal behaviour, development and evolution. He completed his DPhil under Niko Tinbergen and is now Emeritus Professor. He received the Zoological Society of London Silver Medal in 2003 for public understanding of science.

Marian Stamp Dawkins is Professor of Animal Behaviour at the University of Oxford where she heads the Animal Behaviour Research Group. Her research interests lie around animal perceptual worlds, with particular emphasis on animal suffering. She has authored, co-authored and edited eight books dealing with subjects ranging from basic behaviour to animal suffering and consciousness.

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