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In the Company of Crows and Ravens

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ISBN13: 9780300100761
ISBN10: 0300100760
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"Crows and people share similar traits and social strategies. To a surprising extent, to know the crow is to know ourselves." — from the Preface

From the cave walls at Lascaux to the last painting by Van Gogh, from the works of Shakespeare to those of Mark Twain, there is clear evidence that crows and ravens influence human culture. Yet this influence is not unidirectional, say the authors of this fascinating book: people profoundly influence crow culture, ecology, and evolution as well.

John Marzluff and Tony Angell examine the often surprising ways that crows and humans interact. The authors contend that those interactions reflect a process of "cultural coevolution." They offer a challenging new view of the human-crow dynamic —a view that may change our thinking not only about crows but also about ourselves. Featuring more than 100 original drawings, the book takes a close look at the influences people have had on the lives of crows throughout history and at the significant ways crows have altered human lives. In the Company of Crows and Ravens illuminates the entwined histories of crows and people and concludes with an intriguing discussion of the crow-human relationship and how our attitudes toward crows may affect our cultural trajectory.

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"This is the most detailed account I know of concerning crows and their interaction with man. A very readable and thought-provoking book!" Noble S. Proctor, Ph.D., author of Manual of Ornithology and Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife

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"Throughout human history, crows have been reviled and revered in equal measure. Now the corvids of folklore and fable are living up to their reputation for cleverness, trickery and ingenuity. Marzluff and Angell's wonderful book is a user's guide to the biology and culture of these fascinating animals and a testament to man's affinity with nature." Nathan Emery, University of Cambridge

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"The text travels easily from science to folklore to literature, which, along with Angell's lively black-and-white illustrations, recommends this book highly." Booklist

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"[A] serious book well suited for academic or large public collections. Brief and beautifully illustrated." Library Journal

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"This fascinating book describes not only the role corvids have played in our folklore but more generally how corvids have influenced human culture and the impact of humans on corvids." Nicola Clayton, University of Cambridge

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"Sleek, evocative illustrations — a mysterious light seems to come directly from the eyes and feathers of these birds....Learning how to slow down and observe animals around us is one simple way to form a stronger bond with nature." Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"Gorgeous illustrations....Though Crows and Ravens is beautiful enough for coffee-table-book status, it advances an edgy, even spooky scientific idea: that throughout history, crows and humans have changed one another's culture." Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times

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"A fascinating look at the corvid family, illustrated with Mr. Angell's delightful black-and-white drawings." Stuart Ferguson, Wall Street Journal

About the Author

John M. Marzluff is Denman Professor of Sustainable Resource Sciences and professor of wildlife science, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington.

Tony Angell is a freelance artist and writer in Lopez Island, Washington. Together the authors combine more than 60 years of scientific and artistic fascination with crows and their bird relatives.

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crowyhead, May 15, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a fascinating study of crows, ravens, and other corvids, and the way that they and humans have co-evolved. The authors make strong arguments for the ability of crows in particular to learn socially and even use tools. There's also a lot of fascinating stuff about the ways that humans have changed our environment in such a way that encourages crow population explosions, often at the expense of other wildlife. The book is liberally illustrated with beautiful pen and ink drawings, although Ehrlich is much better at drawing birds than he is at drawing human figures and backgrounds. It's a great book, and if you've read and enjoyed Bernd Heinrich's studies of ravens, I highly recommend this one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780300100761
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Illustrator:
Angell, Tony
Author:
Marzluff, John
Author:
Marzluff, John M.
Author:
Ehrlich, Paul R.
Author:
Angell, Tony
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Crows
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Ravens
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070605
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
108 b/w illus.
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7 in 1.7 lb

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » Ornithology
Science and Mathematics » Ornithology » General Ornithology and Birding
Science and Mathematics » Ornithology » Species and Groups by Type

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Product details 408 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300100761 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is the most detailed account I know of concerning crows and their interaction with man. A very readable and thought-provoking book!"
"Review" by , "Throughout human history, crows have been reviled and revered in equal measure. Now the corvids of folklore and fable are living up to their reputation for cleverness, trickery and ingenuity. Marzluff and Angell's wonderful book is a user's guide to the biology and culture of these fascinating animals and a testament to man's affinity with nature."
"Review" by , "The text travels easily from science to folklore to literature, which, along with Angell's lively black-and-white illustrations, recommends this book highly."
"Review" by , "[A] serious book well suited for academic or large public collections. Brief and beautifully illustrated."
"Review" by , "This fascinating book describes not only the role corvids have played in our folklore but more generally how corvids have influenced human culture and the impact of humans on corvids."
"Review" by , "Sleek, evocative illustrations — a mysterious light seems to come directly from the eyes and feathers of these birds....Learning how to slow down and observe animals around us is one simple way to form a stronger bond with nature."
"Review" by , "Gorgeous illustrations....Though Crows and Ravens is beautiful enough for coffee-table-book status, it advances an edgy, even spooky scientific idea: that throughout history, crows and humans have changed one another's culture."
"Review" by , "A fascinating look at the corvid family, illustrated with Mr. Angell's delightful black-and-white drawings."
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