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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.`...an excellent, thorough treatment of the history of domestication.' New Scientist
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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238 pages, 22 col plates, 71 b/w illus, 163 figs, 2 tabs
'! 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