The Animal Connection: A New Perspective on What Makes Us Human

By Pat Shipman

A daring, illuminating new tackle the affection of animals that drove human evolution.

Why do people around the globe absorb and nurture different animals? This habit might sound maladaptive―after all, each mouthful given to a different species is one who you can't eat―but during this heartening new research, acclaimed anthropologist Pat Shipman finds that our propensity to cultivate and take care of different animals is in truth between our species' maximum strengths. For the final 2.6 million years, Shipman explains, people who coexisted with animals loved certain adaptive and cultural benefits. to demonstrate this aspect, Shipman provides us a travel of the milestones in human civilization-from agriculture to artwork or even language―and describes how we reached each one level via our special courting with different animals. The Animal Connection reaffirms our love of animals as whatever either innate and tremendously human, revealing that the method of domestication not just replaced animals yet had a powerful influence on us besides. 25 black-and-white illustrations

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Many people are in day-by-day touch with humans from different components of the area, different cultures, different language teams. As globalization proceeds, we'll desire, urgently, each ounce of empathy, tolerance, and communique ability we will muster. this can be what our reference to animals has given us; this is often what we'd like so badly for the longer term. Acknowledgments Writers don't dwell by way of phrases on my own, at the very least no longer this one. For aid, feedback, editorial reviews, sympathy, and highbrow stimulation, I thank at first my husband, Alan Walker, after which many acquaintances and co-workers: Zeray Alemseged, Lucinda Backwell, Bob mind, Nancy Marie Brown, George Chaplin, Melissa Deines and her zoo, Francesco d’Errico, invoice Fields, Mietje Germonpré, Cheryl Glenn, Haskel Greenfield, Hal Herzog, Brian Hesse, Leslea Hlusko, Peter Hudson, Nina Jablonski, Jennie Jin, Barbara Kennedy, Barbara J. King, Curtis Marean, Gigi Marino, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Lee Newsom, Sandra Olsen, Jon Olson, Kathy Schick, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Sileshi Semaw, Mary Stapleton, Nick Toth, Chris Wadman, Simon, Shellene, Bryn, and Meghan Walker, Bob Wayne, David Webster, Tim White, in addition to Kanzi, Panbanisha, Jennifer and Zelda Shipman. Angela von der Lippe gave a priceless and sympathetic interpreting to the manuscript and her assistant, Laura Romain, was once splendidly effective. My overdue agent, Ralph Vicinanzi, controlled to promote this e-book in a time while not anyone was once deciding to buy books and Michelle Tessler, my new agent, stepped in gracefully after Ralph’s demise. thank you! Notes Prologue 15 given through the King to the White Rabbit—L. Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865; London: Macmillan & Co. , 1913), p. 187. bankruptcy 1 20 Orrorin tugenensis—Senut, B. , et al. 2001. “First hominid from the Miocene (Lukeino Formation, Kenya),” Comptes Rendus de l’Académie des Sciences. sequence IIA—Earth and Planetary technology, 332 (2): 137–44. 20 Sahelanthropus tchadensis—Brunet, M. , et al. 2002. “A new hominid from the higher Miocene of Chad, primary Africa,” Nature, 418:145–51. 20 Ardipithecus kadabba—Haile-Selassie, Y. , Suwa, G. , and White, T. D. 2004. “Late Miocene the teeth from center Awash, Ethiopia, and early hominid dental evolution,” technology, 303:1503–05. 21 Ardipithecus ramidus—White, T. , et al. 2009. “Ardipithecus ramidus and the paleobiology of early hominids,” technological know-how, 326:75–86; Ashfaw, B. , White, T. D. , and Suwa G. 1994. “Australopithecus ramidus, a brand new species of early hominid from Aramis, Ethiopia,” Nature, 37:306. 22 what sleek cheetahs depart behind—C. ok. mind, The Hunters or the Hunted? An creation to African Cave Taphonomy (Chicago: college of Chicago Press, 1983). 26 the microscopic put on on their teeth—Ungar, P. S. , Grine, F. , and Teaford, M. F. 2008. “Dental microwear and vitamin of the Plio-Pleistocene hominin Paranthropus boisei,” PLoS ONE, three (4): e2044. 28 cutmarks made by means of stone tools—McPherron, S. , et al. 2010. “Evidence for stone-tool-assisted intake of animal tissues ahead of three. 39 million years in the past at Dikika, Ethiopia,” Nature, 466:857–60.

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