By Juliet Clutton-Brock
Drawing at the most up-to-date examine in archaeozoology, archaeology, and molecular biology, Animals as Domesticates strains the background of the domestication of animals world wide. From the llamas of South the United States and the turkeys of North the USA, to the farm animals of India and the Australian dingo, this attention-grabbing publication explores the historical past of the complicated relationships among people and their household animals. With professional perception into the organic and cultural procedures of domestication, Clutton-Brock indicates how the human intuition for nurturing can have remodeled relationships among predator and prey, and she or he explains how animals became partners, cattle, and employees. The altering face of domestication is traced from the unfold of the earliest cattle round the Neolithic outdated global via old Egypt, the Greek and Roman empires, South East Asia, and as much as the trendy business age.
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Settlement and Domestication in Eurasia 3. Arrival of Domesticates in Europe 4. Domesticates in Ancient Egypt and Their Origins 5. Domesticates of the Ancient Israelites, Assyrians, and Scythians 6. Domesticates in the Classical World of Greece and Rome 7. Domesticates in Ancient India and Southeast Asia 8. Domesticates in Oceania 9. Domesticates in Africa South of the Sahara 10. Domesticates in the Americas Conclusions Appendix: Nomenclature of the Domestic Animals and Their Wild Progenitors Notes Bibliography Index Foreword JAMES A.
A mere 20,000 years ago—a blink of the eye from the perspective of evolution—none of these animals existed, except perhaps for a few tamed wolves, soon to become dogs. At that time, the vast bulk of Earth's terrestrial vertebrate biomass consisted of wild animals, while the human population was a diminutive fraction of its current size, perhaps no more than a million persons altogether. 1 Humans and their pets account for most of the rest, while “wildlife” represents a mere three percent of the total.
A man irritates a dog by an ordinary laugh, he frightens him by an angry look, or he calms him by a kindly bearing…. ”13 Galton ends his essay on the domestication of animals with this proverbial statement: “It would appear that every wild animal has had its chance of being domesticated, that those few which fulfilled the above conditions were domesticated long ago, but that the large remainder, who fail sometimes in only one small particular, are destined to perpetual wildness so long as their race continues.