Domestication

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Overview

We share the earth with a wide variety of animal species, each of which brings something special to the diversity of the planet. By knowing more about how animals behave and live, we gain a greater understanding of how life evolved and the importance of biodiversity. Domestication investigates the animal behavioral trait with which we are most familiar — how various species of animals have, over the last few millenia, become useful members of human societies. Each chapter examines a particular type of domestication, and includes accounts of of exemplary species that examines their biology, their domestication history, the results of domestication on their shape, size, color and physiology, and their comparative behavior - before and after domestication. Domestication is highly illustrated with both color and black and white illustrations.

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"This fascinating view of animal development will serve high school, public and academic libraries."

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Meet the Author

CLIVE ROOTS has been a zoo director for many years. He has travelled the world collecting live animals for zoo conservation programs. Roots has acted as a masterplanning and design consultant for numerous zoological garden and related projects around the world, and has written many books on zoos and natural history subjects.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction     xi
Changing Nature     1
Fish     21
Amphibians     37
Reptiles     49
Birds     75
Mammals     103
Conservation by Domestication     143
Free Again     165
Glossary     187
Bibliography     193
Index     195
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