Garry Marvin’s entry in Reaktion’s Animal series, each of which explores the historical significance of a particular creature, addresses the big bad wolf. Though it wasn’t always so. Early hunter-gatherer societies revered the wolf. But with the domesticization of livestock, Canis lupus became a feared adversary. Marvin traces the animal’s impact on human society and concludes with the wolf’s recent reemergence as a totem of the swiftly-disappearing wilderness.


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