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The Natural History of Domesticated Mammals

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By: Juliet Clutton-Brock

238 pages, 22 col plates, 71 b/w illus, 163 figs, 2 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Sep 1999 | Edition: 2 | #93389 | ISBN: 0521634954
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Hardback | Sep 1999 | Edition: 2 | #93388 | ISBN: 0521632471
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Explores the origins of domestication and its spread, both biologically and culturally, across the world. It contains up-to-date information on all the wild species of mammals that are the ancestors of the domestic ones we know today.` excellent, thorough treatment of the history of domestication.' New Scientist

'! an excellent, thorough treatment of the history of domestication.' New Scientist '! an up-to-date, well-written and superbly illustrated survey of domestication and the early history of mammals.' The Times Literary Supplement '! achieves the difficult feat of explaining a complex and often contentious subject simply and entertainingly.' British Archaeology '! a lucid text illustrated with excellent line drawings and colour photographs.' Flora and Fauna Preservation Society '! elegantly written, profusely illustrated, and a pleasure to read.' The Antiquaries Journal '! a very readable introduction to the early history of domesticated mammals.' American Antiquity '! this book remains a useful source book for anyone interested in the increasingly topical history of domestication. It is highly readable with excellent line drawings and many photographs.' J. Fletcher, Animal Welfare


Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The meat supply of hunter-gatherers; Section I. Animal Partners: 2. The process of domestication; 3. Selective breeding and the definition of a breed; 4. Dogs; 5. The origins of domestic livestock - why bother to farm?; 6. Sheep and goats; 7. Cattle; 8. Pigs; 9. Horses; 10. Asses, mules and hinnies; Section II. Exploited Captives: 11. Cats; 12. Elephants; 13. Camels and llamas; 14. Reindeer; 15. Asiatic cattle, excluding the zebu; Section III. Small Mammals: 16. The rabbit and the ferret; 17. Rodents and carnivores exploited for food and fur; Section IV. Experimental Domestication and Ranching, Past and Present: 18. The cheetah, aquatic mammals, deer and bovids; Conclusions - The geography of domestication; Appendix I. Nomenclature of the domestic mammals; Appendix II. Climatic sequences and archaeological divisions of the Quaternary period; References and further reading; Index.

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