ethology ethology  /ɪ ˈθɑ lə dʒi/


  • (n) the branch of zoology that studies the behavior of animals in their natural habitats


  1. Trained in zoology and ethology, he has spent his career as a learned contrarian.
  2. It is ethology that has informed us that the ape is not savage.
  3. It is a clich of popular ethology that man is no more than an animal among animals, a naked ape dominated by his own savage biology and driven by killer instincts.


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  • Goodall explains, "He wanted someone whose mind was uncluttered by scientific theory because back then ethology was trying to make itself into a hard science and was very reductionistic -- very reductionistic."
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: Jane Goodall Source: Huffington Post (blog)

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