From the OUP VSI site for the book
“This slim volume … is packed full of facts, photographs, diagrams, and helpful graphs. Wyatt’s writing is clear and concise, and the content is comprehensively referenced … This is a fine book that will undoubtedly entertain and educate a broad readership. I highly recommend this book to anyone with even a marginal interest in animal behaviour. This work will be of interest to students of biology, researchers and non-specialists alike.” – Billy Mills, New Nature
“concise, informative and insightful introduction to the fascinating world of animal behaviour” – Mark Greener, Fortean Times
“read Wyatt’s compelling introduction before you watch the next nature documentary. Itll deepen and widen your understanding and appreciation of these beautiful stories. If you’re sitting comfortably, Wyatt’s book is a great place to begin.” – Mark Greener, Fortean Times
“written in a very clear and engaging way, which should certainly stimulate general readers to explore animal behaviour in some depth.” – Mark Briffa, Animal Behaviour
“Bird watchers should take note of this book. Amateur entomologists should take note of it as well. Quite simply, if you spend any time at all observing, contemplating, or taking any notice whatsoever of the activities of animals, animal behavior is a subject about which you should have at least basic understanding… And as with so any subjects, a Very Short Introduction is a uperb place to begin.” – The Well-read Naturalist
“Birds do it. Bees do it. Educated fleas? Yes, them too. But how do they pick their partners, or convince one another to do it with them? And after they do it, what comes next?
All this, of course, is fair game for those who study animal behavior, as well as a wide range of other interesting subjects that Tristram D. Wyatt presents in his new Animal Behavior; A Very Short Introduction.
Bird watchers should take note of this book. Amateur entomologists should take note of it as well. Quite simply, if you spend any time at all observing, contemplating, or taking any notice whatsoever of the activities of animals, animal behavior is a subject about which you should have at least basic understanding.
And as with so any subjects, a Very Short Introduction is a superb place to begin.”
Biologist Hopi Hoekstra on the extended phenotype, structure of mice burrows, and addiction encoded in genome
Source: Genetics of Wild Mice Behavior – Serious Science
This blog provides stories about animal behaviour and links to the best of science and natural history writing and videos of animals behaving. I’m a zoologist working on animal behaviour. I’ll be sharing the things that catch my eye.
From hovering hummingbirds to meerkats standing sentry, how animals behave is crucial to their survival and reproduction. Today, the study of animal behaviour is being revolutionized by new molecular tools such as DNA fingerprinting and genomics. Combining these with the traditional methods of observation and experiments allows us to learn more about animal behaviour than ever before.