Nikolaas Tinbergen

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Noun1.Nikolaas Tinbergen - Dutch zoologist who showed that much animal behavior is innate and stereotyped (1907-1988)
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The ethologists from Europe were products of a long tradition (begun in the early 20th century, distinguished by the Nobel Prize given to Karl von Frisch, Konrad Lorenz, and Nikolaas Tinbergen in 1974) that already had done some remarkable studies on insects and birds in Europe, but had become, perhaps, overly attached to the idea of instinct as the central element underlying most animal behavior.