Animal Connection A New Perspective on What Makes Us Human

ISBN-10: 0393070549
ISBN-13: 9780393070545
Edition: 2011
Authors: Pat Shipman
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Description: Why do humans all over the world take in and nurture other animals? This behavior might seem maladaptive'”after all, every mouthful given to another species is one that you cannot eat'”but in this heartening new study, acclaimed anthropologist Pat  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/13/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880

Why do humans all over the world take in and nurture other animals? This behavior might seem maladaptive'”after all, every mouthful given to another species is one that you cannot eat'”but in this heartening new study, acclaimed anthropologist Pat Shipman reveals that our propensity to domesticate and care for other animals is in fact among our species' greatest strengths. For the last 2.6 million years, Shipman explains, humans who coexisted with animals enjoyed definite adaptive and cultural advantages. To illustrate this point, Shipman gives us a tour of the milestones in human civilization-from agriculture to art and even language'”and describes how we reached each stage through our unique relationship with other animals. The Animal Connection reaffirms our love of animals as something both innate and distinctly human, revealing that the process of domestication not only changed animals but had a resounding impact on us as well.

Pat Shipman is a professor of anthropology at Penn State University. Coauthor of the award-winning The Ape in the Tree, she writes for American Scientist and lives in Moncure, North Carolina.

Prologue
Begin at the Beginning
Evolve Without Evolving
Attention Must Be Paid
Is a Tool a Tool a Tool?
Uniquely Human?
The Bonobo Solution
A Brief Stop in the Levant
Say What?
Tell Me All About It
Spreading the Word
My Cat Wants You to Open the Door
Living Together
The Wolf at the Door
Signs of Domestication
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool?
Riding into the Sunset
The Animal Connection in the Modern World
Acknowledgments
Notes
Illustration credits
Index

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