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Animals as Domesticates: A World View through History by Juliet Clutton-Brock

By Juliet Clutton-Brock

Drawing at the most modern study in archaeozoology, archaeology, and molecular biology, Animals as Domesticates lines the heritage of the domestication of animals world wide. From the llamas of South the US and the turkeys of North the US, to the farm animals of India and the Australian dingo, this interesting ebook explores the background of the advanced relationships among people and their family animals. With professional perception into the organic and cultural approaches of domestication, Clutton-Brock indicates how the human intuition for nurturing could have remodeled relationships among predator and prey, and he or she explains how animals became partners, cattle, and workers. The altering face of domestication is traced from the unfold of the earliest cattle round the Neolithic previous international via old Egypt, the Greek and Roman empires, South East Asia, and as much as the fashionable commercial age.

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Its braincase had been perforated on the left and right sides, and cut marks are present on the zygomatic and frontal bones. With the exception of the canines and some premolars, all its teeth are missing. 5 The problem with believing in the establishment of a race of canid evolved from but genetically separate and morphologically distinct from the wolf is that the “dogs” would have to be reproductively isolated over many generations from their progenitor, the wolf. It is difficult to see how this could be brought about with the small number of “dogs” that would be living as commensals with nomadic hunters in the Ice Age tundra.

21 Feral populations usually retain the Latin name of the domestic species, although there are exceptions, the most notable of which is the dingo, which is assumed from biogeographical and genetic evidence to have been taken to Australia by humans. However, its history is so ancient and dingoes have lived as wild populations for so long that, by common usage, they are treated as a separate species from the domestic dog and given the name Canis dingo rather than Canis familiaris. THE CULTURAL PROCESS OF DOMESTICATION The term “culture” has had different meanings in different periods of history and depending on the part of human society to which it is being applied.

18 17 16 15 14 13 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA Clutton-Brock, Juliet. Animals as domesticates : a world view through history / Juliet Clutton-Brock. p. —(The animal turn) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-61186-028-3 (case bound : alk. paper) ISBN 978–1-61186–064-1 (pbk : alk. paper) 1. Domestic animals-History. 2. Animals and civilization. 3. Human-animal relationships-History. I. Title. 08'2 -dc23 2011031274 Cover design by Erin Kirk New Book design by Scribe Inc.

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