Once A Wolf The Science Behind Our Dogs Astonishing Genetic Evolution

Author: Bryan Sykes
Publisher: Liveright Publishing
ISBN: 1631493809
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The author of Seven Daughters of Eve returns with a lively account of how all dogs are descended from a mere handful of wolves. How did wolves evolve into dogs? When did this happen, and what role did humans play? Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes used the full array of modern technology to explore the canine genetic journey that likely began when a human child decided to adopt a wolf cub thousands of years ago. In the process, he discovered that only a handful of genes have created the huge range of shapes, sizes, and colors in modern dogs. Providing scientific insight into these adaptive stages, Sykes focuses attention on our own species, and how our own evolution from (perhaps equally aggressive) primates was enhanced by this most unlikely ally. Whether examining our obsession with canine purity, or delving into the prehistoric past to answer the most fundamental question of all, “Why do we love our dog so much?,” Once a Wolf is an engaging work no dog lover or ancestry aficionado should be without.

The Last Stand Of The Pack

Author: Arthur Carhart
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 1607326930
Size: 80.84 MB
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This critical edition explores the past and future of wolves in Colorado. Originally published in 1929, The Last Stand of the Pack is a historical account of the extermination of what were then believed to be the last wolves in Colorado. Arthur H. Carhart and Stanley P. Young describe the wolves’ extermination and extoll the bravery of the federal trappers hunting them down while simultaneously characterizing the wolves as cunning individuals and noble adversaries to the growth of the livestock industry and the settlement of the West. This is nature writing at its best, even if the worldview expressed is at times jarring to the twenty-first-century reader. Now, almost 100 years later, much has been learned about ecology and the role of top-tier predators within ecosystems. In this new edition, Carhart and Young’s original text is accompanied by an extensive introduction with biographical details on Arthur Carhart and an overview of the history of wolf eradication in the west; chapters by prominent wildlife biologists, environmentalists, wolf reintroduction activists, and ranchers Tom Compton, Bonnie Brown, Mike Phillips, Norman A. Bishop, and Cheney Gardner; and an epilogue considering current issues surrounding the reintroduction of wolves in Colorado. Presenting a balanced perspective, these additional chapters address views both in support of and opposed to wolf reintroduction. Coloradans are deeply interested in wilderness and the debate surrounding wolf reintroduction, but for wolves to have a future in Colorado we must first understand the past. The Last Stand of the Pack: Critical Edition presents both important historical scholarship and contemporary ecological ideas, offering a complete picture of the impact of wolves in Colorado.

How Bullets Saved My Life

Author: Judy Green
Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited
ISBN: 1551382555
Size: 29.55 MB
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"Organized around the 6 + 1 Writing Traits, the book breaks writing into manageable parts to help both students and teachers deal with all aspects of writing." -- back cover.

The 100 Silliest Things People Say About Dogs

Author: Alexandra Semyonova
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1904109187
Size: 75.95 MB
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An internationally-acclaimed animal behaviourist debunks 100 myths about dogs and replaces them with the truth about canine nature.


Author: John Woodward
Publisher: Blackbirch PressInc
ISBN: 9781410303936
Size: 18.37 MB
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Describes the top ten creatures in the animal kingdom that rely on camouflages or other means of disguises for survival, including the lyrebird, sea snake, caterpillar, sea dragon, walking stick, and octopus.


Size: 20.61 MB
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