Nikolaas Tinbergen

  1. Dutch zoologist who showed that much animal behavior is innate and stereotyped (1907-1988)
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  • Back in the 1950s, Dutch ethologist Nikolaas Tinbergen conducted now-classic studies of the bird's incubation behavior and discovered something astonishing: When presented with a choice between brooding its own small egg and the giant egg of a much larger bird, the oystercatcher invariably chose to sit on the giant one. From 'The End of Overeating'
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