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 experiences, and archaeology—the distinction among wild and household. For millions of years, people have categorised animals basically, frequently in accordance with the measure of regulate that we have got over them, and feature tended to work out the lengthy tale of human-animal relatives as one among expanding keep an eye on and administration for human gain. And but, around the globe, species have tailored to our houses, our cities, and our synthetic landscapes, discovering how you can achieve take advantage of our actions and so changing into a major a part of our daily lives. those commensal animals remind us that different species aren't passive parts on this planet round us yet clever and adaptable creatures. Animals as Neighbors exhibits how a mix of version and opportunism has enabled many species to profit from our frequently harmful footprint at the international. O’Connor investigates the historical past of this dating, operating again via archaeological documents. through requiring us to take a multifaceted view of human-animal relatives, commensal animals inspire a extra nuanced knowing of these relatives, either this present day and during the prehistory of our species.

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