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The Animal in Its World (Explorations of an Ethologist, 1932-1972), Volume Two: Laboratory Experiments and General Papers

The Animal in Its World (Explorations of an Ethologist, 1932-1972), Volume Two: Laboratory Experiments and General Papers

Niko Tinbergen

ISBN 9780674037281

Publication date: 12/01/1974

Nikolaas Tinbergen has devoted a lifetime of research to exploring the behavior of many types of animals in their natural environments, and has founded centers of worldwide renown for research and teaching in the behavioral sciences, first in his native Holland and later at Oxford. His influence extends far beyond the borders of Europe and zoology proper, and he has contributed substantially to international and interdisciplinary collaboration. He has tirelessly worked for the use of scientific methods in the study of human behavior, both normal and abnormal.

Volume I is devoted to field studies. Volume II includes accounts of Tinbergen’s remarkable laboratory experiments as well as his significant general papers. These selections explore the search for animal roots of human behavior, behavior and natural selection, appeasement signals, and the nature of ethology.

“Early Childhood Autism,” written by Professor Tinbergen and his wife Elisabeth Tinbergen, is among the most important papers. It is a pioneer work in applied ethology and is a product of thirty years of observing non-verbal expression in both animals and children. Also included is Professor Tinbergen’s 1972 Croonian Lecture, “Functional Ethology and the Human Sciences.”

These classic original studies will fascinate the increasing number of readers interested in the topical problems of animal and human behavior.


  • Surely one of the most striking modern examples of the power of the Seeing Eye.

    —Peter H. Klopfer, American Scientist


  • Nikolaas Tinbergen was a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a Professor of Animal Behaviour and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He was co-recipient of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
  • P. B. Medawar, an Oxford-trained biologist, received the 1960 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology.

Book Details

  • 231 pages
  • Harvard University Press
  • Foreword by P. B. Medawar

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