Animals: From Mythology to Zoology (Discovering the Earth) by Michael Allaby

By Michael Allaby

Animals: From Mythology to Zoology starts off with an summary of early principles in regards to the nature and beginning of animals. Rulers within the old global saved collections of animals to provoke their viewers and show their energy. The ebook describes a few of these collections in China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome and tells how they built from menageries to trendy zoos. humans have continuously drawn classes from the habit of animals and the booklet describes a few actual animals and the “characters” they have been as soon as alleged to own. it truly is yet brief step from there to record of wonderful beasts that writers heard approximately from sailors and different viewers to far away areas of the realm, and in addition to terrific animals there have been additionally great people. From there the publication returns to fact and outlines of the expansion of recent zoology and animal class, and of ethology the examine of animal habit.

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This is the first recorded instance of the deliberate introduction of imported plants. The story of the expedition is told in carvings on the wall of the mortuary temple. A series of bas-reliefs shows the voyage and the arrival in Punt, where the Egyptians are received by the ruler of Punt and his wife—who has a pronounced curvature of the spine. As well as the goods they were seeking, the Egyptians returned with ebony, ivory, animal skins to be worn by Egyptian priests, and live animals. They also brought back Puntite adults and children.

A covered corridor, six paces wide, led from this courtyard to a large lake (which is still one of the city’s main tourist attractions). There were  more courtyards on either Wuhu Jiangsu Province Suzhou Shanghai Yellow Sea Menageries and Zoos side of the main corridor. Each of these  courtyards contained  houses and each house had a garden. The houses accommodated the , young women in the service of the king, some of whom accompanied the king and queen when they sailed on the lake in elaborately decorated barges.

Flowers were grown, but mainly in containers. Many Greek citizens kept various species of birds as pets. Aviaries occupy less space than gardens. They also kept pet monkeys, hedgehogs, and nonvenomous snakes, and they had dogs of course. There is no evidence that they kept domestic cats. The Egyptians cherished cats. Indeed, they valued them so highly that for at least , years after the cat was domesticated it was illegal to carry one out of Egypt. , the Greek historian Herodotus visited Menageries and Zoos Egypt and was fascinated by the cats he saw there and the role cats played in Egyptian life.

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