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A natural history of domesticated mammals
Clutton-Brock, Juliet.
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Domesticated animals from early times
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208 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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SF41 .C58 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Humans have manipulated and changed the way of life of other mammals for thousands of years. This new second edition of A Natural History of Domesticated Mammals explores recent progress in understanding the origins of domestication and its spread, both biologically and culturally, across the world. The author includes current archaeological evidence for the earliest dating of domestication of each species, reflecting the recent growth of such studies. This second edition is printed in full color throughout.

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Animals, especially mammals, have always been a part of human society. Clutton-Brock (National History Museum, London) explores the manner in which humans have manipulated and changed the way of life of other mammals over the past 10,000 years. Complementing the growing body of archaeological evidence, recent advances in the applications of DNA analysis have provided a molecular basis for our understanding of the relationship between domestic species and their wild progenitors. In this new edition (1st ed., 1987), Clutton-Brock presents a very readable introduction to the origins of domestication and its spread, both biologically and culturally, across the world. The bulk of the book is concerned with the species of mammals whose appearance and way of life have been most changed by their associations with humans, and contains up-to-date information about all the wild species of mammals that are the ancestors of the domestic groups we know today. This revision also reflects today's attitudes regarding animal welfare, and recognition that a more complete understanding of the ecology and behavior of ancestral species has contributed to the success of those mammals on which human societies depend for survival. General readers; upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. K. A. Campbell; Albright College

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
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