By: RH Barrett(Editor), François Spitz(Editor)
170 pages, b/w illustrations, b/w maps, tables
Language: Contributions in either English or French
Proceedings of symposium on pigs and peccaries.
From the introduction:
"Wild pigs have shared a common history with man which seems to have been longer than that of the dog, and only a bit shorter than that of the reindeer bearing in mind the controversy over the "wild" or "domestic" status of fossil remains. Pigs have played an interesting role in the natural and cultivated ecosystems of the temperate and tropical zones. They are unique among Artiodactyla in their population mechanisms which make use of a high rate of reproduction. As commensals or as enemies of man, they have aquired a reputation for skillfulness and intelligence which scientific studies would seem to confirm. In addition, the domestic swine demonstrate in a remarkable way the relationship between the domestication process and the measurable regression of the central nervous system.
The present work seeks to fulfill two goals: the first, which certainly will appear to the contributors as exceedingly delayed, is to publish the texts of contributions to the Suid Workshop held during the IVth I.T.C. (Edmonton, Canada 1985). The second objective is to combine under the same cover a condensed synthesis of the current knowledge of pig and peccary biology.
The present booklet is addressed to everyone who is curious about animal life, but primarily to students, scientists and wildlife managers. We hope that they find here answers to some of their questions."
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