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A reference resource that covers the biology and behavior of the animals closest to humans -- domesticated animals
We share the earth with a wide variety of animal species, each of which brings something special to the diversity of the planet. By knowing more about how animals behave and live, we gain a greater understanding of how life evolved and the importance of biodiversity. Domestication investigates the animal behavioral trait with which we are most familiar -- how various species of animals have, over the last few millenia, become useful members of human societies. Each chapter examines a particular type of domestication, and includes accounts of of exemplary species that examines their biology, their domestication history, the results of domestication on their shape, size, color and physiology, and their comparative behavior - before and after domestication.

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Roots, a former zoo director and now a consultant to zoo conservation programs, offers a detailed overview of the controlled breeding of wild animals, known as domestication. The first chapter of the book is devoted to the original or prehistoric domesticates, when and where they were first controlled by man, and their subsequent changes. Coverage of the more recent domesticates follows, with chapters on each of the classes of vertebrates, from fish to mammals. The zoo profession is discussed separately, and a final chapter looks at domesticates that have regained their freedom, living in the manner of their wild ancestors. B&w and color photos of animals abound. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Discusses the history of the domestications of animals and examines the recent increase in the domestication of species, both familiar and unusual, brought about by the influence of technology on breeding practices.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2007
ISBN: 0313339872 (alk. paper)
9780313339875 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 636.009 ROO
Characteristics: xxii, 199 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm

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