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Mammals of the Holy Landby Mazin B Qumsiyeh
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Over 110 species of mammals roamed the forests, mountains, and deserts of this ancient "Land of Canaan"—Jordan, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine. Their impact on humans can be seen in cave drawings made by the Neanderthal inhabitants of northern Palestine some 200,000 years ago and gleaned from the writings of all Near Eastern civilizations. In recent centuries, encroachment by an increasing human population has resulted in the extinction of several species—aurochs (wild ox), red deer, onagers, Syrian wild asses roebucks (roe deer), fallow deer, Syrian brown bears, and cheetahs. Currently at risk are such large mammals as the leopard, wolf, wild cat, caracal, ibex, and dessert gazelles as well as may small mammals especially small carnivores, insectivores, and bats. Mammals of the Holy Land, summarizes the information that is known about the mammals that inhabit this historic land. with keys to identification, a glossary of terms, a basic introduction to the study of mammals, and a discussion of the impact these mammals have had on humans, a well as taxonomic and natural history information for each species, this book will be useful to both the professional and non-professional.
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Summarizes what is known about the species that inhabit the Holy Land region of the Middle East. After background chapters on the region's history and ecology, the study of mammals, mammalian parasites and human health, and recent conservation efforts, entries on some 110 species includes keys to identification, range maps, b&w photos, and descriptions of the habits and biology of each animal and its current status in the region. Also covers introduced and domesticated animals. Includes a glossary.
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Mammals of the Holy Land summarizes the information about the mammals of this historic region. With keys to identification, a basic introduction to the study of mammals, a discussion of these mammals' impact on humans, and taxonomic and natural history information for each species, this book aids both the professional and nonprofessional.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -360) and index.
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