By Clive Roots

ISBN-10: 0313087288

ISBN-13: 9780313087288

ISBN-10: 0313339872

ISBN-13: 9780313339875

We percentage the earth with a large choice of animal species, each one of which brings anything distinctive to the variety of the planet. by means of understanding extra approximately how animals behave and dwell, we achieve a better figuring out of ways existence advanced and the significance of biodiversity. Domestication investigates the animal behavioral trait with which we're so much established — how numerous species of animals have, during the last few millenia, develop into invaluable contributors of human societies. every one bankruptcy examines a specific form of domestication, and comprises debts of of exemplary species that examines their biology, their domestication heritage, the result of domestication on their form, measurement, colour and body structure, and their comparative habit - sooner than and after domestication. Domestication is very illustrated with either colour and black and white illustrations.

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Domesticated animals are still reproductively compatible with their wild forebears, however, except where this is physically impossible due to size differences—for example, the chihuahua and the wolf—or because the ancestor no longer exists, such as the wild horse or tarpan, and the wild cattle or aurochs. 3f 06/07/2007 10:27 AM Page CHANGING NATURE and improved nutrition, and the wolf breeds when almost two years old, dogs sometimes before they are nine months old. The wild animal’s natural physiology is improved with selective breeding and good nutrition, resulting in increased milk production and better food conversion.

Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus): Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) The red junglefowl is the most common gallinaceous bird (chicken-like birds in the order Galliformes) of southern Asia, ranging from Pakistan eastwards to southern China and then south through the Malay Peninsula to Indonesia. Several subspecies evolved across this large area, but unfortunately in most places they have been exposed to chickens and feral chickens, and it is thought that few pure specimens of any subspecies now exist due to interbreeding.

The center of canary breeding moved from Spain to Italy in the seventeenth century, mainly due to the wreck of a Spanish vessel with canaries aboard on the coast of Elba; there the escaped birds became established and provided breeding stock for the Italians. Then bird breeders in Austria acquired canaries and, during the eighteenth century, shipped birds throughout Europe and to Britain. In the nineteenth century canary breeding became centered in Germany’s Hartz Mountains, from where birds were even exported back to the Canary Islands.

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