A Closer Look at the Animal Kingdom (Introduction to Biology by Sherman Hollar

By Sherman Hollar

Age variety: eight - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 the diversity of Animal lifestyles 12

Chapter 2 category and behaviour 33

Chapter three Animals with no Backbones 50

Chapter four Animals with Backbones 61

Conclusion 75

Glossary 77

For additional info 80

Bibliography 83

Index 84

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His placement of humans in the zoological order of Primates threatened the idea that they were specially created in the image of a god. Many were outraged, despite the fact that Linnaeus emphasized his belief that an invisible soul distinguished humans. 22 ‘External appearance of the Orang outan’, from Tyson’s Orangoutang, sive Homo Sylvestris; or, The Anatomy of a Pygmie Compared with that of a Monkey, an Ape, and a Man (1699). 51 ‘The Oran Ootan’, from A Voyage to and from the Island at Borneo by David Beeckman (1718).

21 In Historiae naturalis et medicae Indiae orientalis, de Bondt illustrates a Wild Man, a hairy woman with a lion-like mane. Jacob de Bondt, The Wild Man of the Woods. 50 Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus used anatomical features to develop a logical classification of all living things. In the tenth edition of his Systema naturae, the foundational work in modern taxonomy, he classified humans and orangutans in the same genus, Homo. A committed Lutheran, Linnaeus sought to explain the creations of a supernatural being but his scientific observations unsettled him because he found no sharp division between humans and the natural world.

5 Chinese artists, poets and philosophers expressed compassionate attitudes towards gibbons and condemned hunting them. Chinese paintings often associate gibbons with cranes. Gibbons’ long arms and the cranes’ long necks and legs indicate longevity and both creatures are appreciated for their graceful movements. A common notion was that, by linking hands, gibbons formed themselves into chains that allowed them to dangle from branches and dip drinking water from streams. Another popular image from Chinese and Japanese art depicts gibbons, sometimes linked in such chains, grasping for the moon’s reflection in a pool of water.

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