Ethology is the study of animal behavior. Classically, the word ethology applied to the behavior of animals in their natural habitats, but now it is used more loosely to include all animal behavior. Among other tasks, ethologists make ethograms, which are descriptions of the behavior of a species, a species being a population of organisms that share a common gene pool and are reproductively isolated from other populations. As a result of their common gene pool, members of a species share many behavioral as well as morphological and physiological characteristics. Homo sapiens differs from many other species in that much of its complex social behavior varies from one society to the next; that is, it is not panspecific.
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