ANSC 1602/SAAS 202 Behavior and Training of Domestic Animals Class List - Who is here? Purpose of Course Books used Syllabus Training Projects Research Papers GRADING!!! (UGH!!) Other Handouts Natural Selection Functional Systems Introduction: Significance of Animal Behavior Studies Behavior is: the link between organisms and environment and between the nervous system and the ecosystem. That part of an organism that interacts with its environment. How we humans define our own lives! Implications of the study of animal behavior to other sciences. 1. Animal Behavior and Human Society Environment and behavior Genetics and behavior Social Development Emotional Development Language Development Biological Rhythms. 2. Animal Behavior and Neurobiology Sir Charles Sherrington, model for structure and function of nervous system. 3. Animal Behavior and the Environment, Conservation and Resource Management Environmental Degradation - populations Migrations Insect reproduction and control. Honeybees and pollination Animal foraging and forest regeneration Endangered Species regeneration 4. Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare Wild and Domestic Animals 5. Animal Behavior and Science Education Increased interest in Science through animals. The Study of Animal Behavior ?The scientific study of animal behavior has four components: causation, development, evolution, and function.? Niko Tinbergen We can describe these components in the form of four questions. (1) What causes an animal to perform a certain behavior? (2) How does the behavior change as an animal develops from conception through death, but especially during its early life? (3) What is the evolutionary history of the behavior? (4) How does the behavior help the animal to survive and reproduce successfully? (function) Some history of the study of Animal Behavior Aristotle - observed animals - not always right, ideas held till time of Darwin, about 2000 years. 18th century England - pigs tried for trespass! 1940?s Ethology regained some respect. 1950?s Skinner and Operant Behaviors 1972 - Nobel prize- Tinbergen, Lorenz, von Frisch How traits change over time 1 2 3 4 5 6
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