Animals as Neighbors: The Past and Present of Commensal by Terry O'Connor

By Terry O'Connor

In this interesting ebook, Terry O’Connor explores a contrast that's deeply ingrained in a lot of the language that we use in zoology, human-animal stories, and archaeology—the distinction among wild and family. For hundreds of thousands of years, people have classified animals simply, frequently in keeping with the measure of keep watch over that we have got over them, and feature tended to determine the lengthy tale of human-animal kinfolk as one in every of expanding regulate and administration for human profit. And but, around the globe, species have tailored to our houses, our cities, and our man made landscapes, discovering how you can achieve take advantage of our actions and so changing into an enormous a part of our daily lives. those commensal animals remind us that different species aren't passive components on this planet round us yet clever and adaptable creatures. Animals as Neighbors exhibits how a mix of edition and opportunism has enabled many species to profit from our usually harmful footprint at the international. O’Connor investigates the historical past of this dating, operating again via archaeological files. via requiring us to take a multifaceted view of human-animal family, commensal animals inspire a extra nuanced realizing of these relatives, either this day and through the prehistory of our species.

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