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The history of British mammals
Yalden, D. W. (Derek William)
Publication Information:
London : T & A D Poyser, [1999]

Physical Description:
305 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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QL727 .Y25 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"As the ice retreated from Britain 15,000 years ago, a host of large mammals including Reindeer, Wild Horse, Woolly Mammoth, Moose, Wolf, Brown Bear, Lynx and Wolverine established themselves in Britain. Now we have a fauna which is dominated by domestic cattle, sheep and pigs, plus Humans." "This account explores the fate of the large extinct species, and how, why and when the introduced species appeared. What did happen to the Woolly Mammoth, the Reindeer and the Irish Elk? Did the native wild ungulates, Horse, Aurochs and Boar, become domesticated here, or were their farm descendants introduced already domesticated? How have the native Red Squirrel and Red Deer fared in the face of introduced Grey Squirrel and Sika? What has happened to the balance of the British fauna, and should we interfere further by trying to exterminate some of the introduced species, or by reintroducing the extinct ones?"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Yalden, a seasoned mammalogist, has produced a remarkable volume; he begins with the combination of a brief account of mammal history expanded into an expert treatment of the modern mammals of Europe, emphasizing Britain. What follows is a perspective never accomplished for any other area of the world before as well as it is here: An account of the Pleistocene and many modern (including introduced) species, interwoven with archaeological and environmental information, massively documented and discussed from the perspective of both an expert and a concerned conservationist. The engagingly told story of the changes wrought by climate, particularly the ice ages, and by the arrival of humans on the native fauna of Britain is a veritable exemplar. It points the way toward an interdisciplinary, analytical perspective that can be achieved for other parts of the world where the dizzying changes of the past several hundred thousand years, not in small measure due to human agents, have altered both the landscape and the fauna as well. Such understanding is paramount for the entire world in order to usher in an appreciation of issues relevant for conservation. Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. F. S. Szalay CUNY Hunter College