By Juliet Clutton-Brock
Drawing at the most recent study in archaeozoology, archaeology, and molecular biology, Animals as Domesticates strains the background of the domestication of animals all over the world. From the llamas of South the US and the turkeys of North the USA, to the farm animals of India and the Australian dingo, this interesting e-book explores the historical past of the complicated relationships among people and their family animals. With professional perception into the organic and cultural strategies of domestication, Clutton-Brock indicates how the human intuition for nurturing could have reworked relationships among predator and prey, and she or he explains how animals became partners, farm animals, and employees. The altering face of domestication is traced from the unfold of the earliest farm animals round the Neolithic outdated international via historic Egypt, the Greek and Roman empires, South East Asia, and as much as the trendy business age.
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3. Human-animal relationships-History. I. Title. 08'2 -dc23 2011031274 Cover design by Erin Kirk New Book design by Scribe Inc. com) Cover art is of a caravan of Arctic reindeer herders on the move and is reproduced with permission from yvind Ravna's Photo Collection. Back cover art is a seal from Mohenjo-Daro (2500 BCE) showing an Indian elephant and is used courtesy of Richard H. Meadow. Michigan State University Press is a member of the Green Press Initiative and is committed to developing and encouraging ecologically responsible publishing practices.
Domestic animals live in many of the same diverse cultures as humans, and their learned behavior has to be responsive to a great range of different ways of life. In fact, so closely do many domestic animals fit with human cultures that they seem to have lost all links with their wild progenitors. The more social or gregarious in their natural behavioral patterns are these progenitors, the more versatile will be the domesticates, with the dog being the earliest animal to be domesticated more than 15,000 years ago.
If these animals then interbreed and increase in number over many successive generations, they will respond by means of small genetic changes to natural selection under the new regime of the human community and its environment, and later they will respond for economic, cultural, or aesthetic reasons first to Darwin's unconscious selection and then to artificial selection until the domestic breed is created. The breed may be defined as a group of animals that has been bred by humans to possess uniform characters that are passed down through the generations and distinguish the group from other animals within the same species.
Animals as Domesticates: A World View through History by Juliet Clutton-Brock