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Edited By: Jutta Schneider and Susan A. Foster (Editors-in-Chief)

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 37/49 (Behavioral Sciences); 42/152 (Zoology)

Online ISSN: 1439-0310

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A celebration of a true milestone of Ethology: 50 years of Tinbergen (1963)

Edited by Andrew G. Fulmer and Mark E. Hauber

“Our science will always need naturalists and observers, as well as experimenters [… and so] we must encourage them to develop their gifts of observation and help them ask relevant questions with respect to what they have seen” (Tinbergen, 1963, p. 413). Writing on the pages of Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie (now Ethology) 50 years ago, Niko Tinbergen introduced the four questions which allowed him to conduct a body of research leading to a shared Nobel Prize in Physiology ten years later Ethology is proud to present a virtual issue of articles which span each decade since Professor Tinbergen’s publication in this journal, and includes major themes of research on evolutionary arms races, sexual selection, learning, life history, neuroethology, phylogenetics, and social behavior. All cite Tinbergen, 1963, and are divided equally between theoretical and empirical works. This is but a small sampling of the many findings which we owe to the four questions of Tinbergen, but it is our hope that they highlight the scope of these questions’ role in shaping, ultimately and proximately, the methods of ethological inquiry.

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Zeitschrift fur Tierpsychologie Backfiles Online: 1937-1985

In 1937, Otto Koehler, Carl Kronacher and Konrad Lorenz launched the journal Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie which published seminal papers on animal behavior by preeminent authors such as Niko Tinbergen. In 1986, the editors and publisher renamed the journal Ethology, in keeping with the scientific trends of the time. All content since 1937 has now been digitised and is available online. Click here to view the full backlist table of contents...

Classic Papers by Niko Tinbergen include:

Die Balz des Samtfalters, Eumenis (=Satyrus) semele (L.)

Die Übersprungbewegung

On Aims and Methods of Ethology

Von den Vorratskammern des Rotfuchses: (Vulpes vulpes L.)

Ethology in the Press

Menstruation and Women's VoicesMenstruation and Women's Voices: Can Men Hear When You Have Your Period?
Huffington Post
A recent study indicates that for at least some men, it's not the Tampax box sticking out of your purse that gives away your menstrual status -- it's your voice.

Grouse have signature drumming stylesGrouse have signature drumming styles
New Scientist
Keith Moon and Ringo Starr had their own individual drumming styles, and if you listen closely enough you will find this guy (pictured) does too....

Butterflies Wait For “The One”Butterflies Wait For “The One”
Global Animal
The scientists describe their findings in the journal Ethology. Lead researcher and butterfly lover Jun-Ya Ide from the Kurume Institute of Technology in ...

Behavior BriefBehavior Brief
... and non-reproductive sex typically make distinct calls during each activity, the researchers explained in a recent Ethology paper reporting the results. ...

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