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Giraffe (Reaktion Books - Animal)

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Their extraordinary long necks, distinctive camouflage, graceful movements, and friendly nature have made giraffes one of the most fascinating and beloved animals on the planet.  But while giraffes once roamed the Great Plains of Africa in huge herds, their numbers have greatly diminished, and they are now entirely dependent on humanity for their survival. In Giraffe, Edgar Williams explores not only the biology of the tallest animals on earth, but also their impact on human history—including in ancient Egypt, where giraffes were kept as exotic pets; the Middle Ages, when giraffes were considered mythical beasts as improbable and mysterious as the dragon; and the Victorian era, in which giraffe hunting was considered an exhilarating sport.

            Giraffe is the first book to provide a comprehensive, twenty-first-century view of the giraffe in art, literature, film, and popular culture, as well as its natural history from prehistory to modern times. With new insights into the giraffes genetics and evolution, this book will appeal to those interested in the giraffes unique biology and to anyone who admires the majestic giraffe.

About the Author

Edgar Williams is a reader in the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science at the University of Glamorgan.

Table of Contents

1  The Global Giraffe

2  The Giraffe Inside and Out

3  The Ancient Giraffe from the Stone Age to Victoria

4  The Giraffe Returns to Europe

5  The Modern Giraffe

6  The Cultural Giraffe

Timeline of the Giraffe

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Acknowledgements

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Index

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861897640
Author:
Williams, Edgar
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Mammals
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 color plates, 50 halftones
Pages:
174
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 in

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