‘It ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us in trouble. It’s the things we know that ain’t so.’

Artemus Ward 

Recommended reads and other curiosities.

Classic Papers

Altmann, J. (1974). Observational study of behavior: sampling methods. Behaviour 48:227–265

Breland, K. & Breland, M. (1961). The misbehavior of organisms. American Psychologist, Vol 16(11), 681-684.

Tinbergen, N. (1963). On aims and methods of ethology. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie 20:410-433

Classic Books

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On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (Read the First Edition online)

Charles Darwin

This is the first edition of Charles Darwin’s most famous work. It was published 24 November 1859

A PDF version is available for download or printing here. You can read the 6th Edition published in January 1872 here.

More titles from Charles Darwin: Journal of Researches (or Voyage of the Beagle) The descent of man, and selection in relation to sexThe expression of the emotions in man and animals.

Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution

Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin

In this classic work, Kropotkin proposes Mutual Aid as a law of Nature and chief factor of progressive evolution.

More works of Petr Kropotkin at the Kropotkin Archives


Sociobiology – The New Synthesis

Edward O. Wilson

A classic of Animal behavior, first published in 1975, it was influential enough to create a new discipline with the same name.


The Behaviour and Social Organization of the New Forest Ponies

Stephanie J. Tyler

Between October 1965 and October 1968, Stephanie Tyler spent close to 4000 hours observing the semi-feral ponies in the New Forest. Her pioneering study is a “classic” in horse behaviour literature.

wild-horses1Wild Horses of the Great Basin: Social Competition and Population Size 

Joel Berger

A pioneering detailed study by Joel Berger on the behavior and ecology of the wild horses in the Great Basin Desert of Nevada,

Image result for fossil horses mcfadden Fossil Horses: Systematics, Paleobiology, and Evolution of the Family Equidae

Bruce J. McFadden

“This book synthesizes the large body of data and research relevant to an understanding of fossil horses from several disciplines including biology, geology and paleontology.”


The Evolution of Goodness – Lee Alan Dugatkin

Moral behavior in animals – Frans de Waal

Why hierarchy creates a destructive force within the human psyche – Robert Sapolsky


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