The Exploitation of Mammal Populations

Editors: Taylor, V.J., Dunstone, N. (Eds.)

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Human exploitation of other mammals has passed through three histori­ cal phases, distinct in their ecological significance though overlapping in time. Initially, Homo sapiens was a predator, particularly of herbivores but also of fur-bearing predators. From about 11 000 years ago, goats and sheep were domesticated in the Middle East, rapidly replacing gazelles and other game as the principal source of meat. The principal crops, including wheat and barley, were taken into agriculture at about the same time, and the resulting Neolithic farming culture spread slowly from there over the subsequent 10 500 years. In a few places such as Mexico, Peru and China, this Middle Eastern culture met and merged with agricultural traditions that had made a similar but independent transition. These agricultural traditions provided the essential support for the industrial revolution, and for a third phase of industrial exploita­ tion of mammals. In this chapter, these themes are drawn out and their ecological signifi­ cance is investigated. Some of the impacts of humans on other mammals require consideration on a world-wide basis, but the chapter concen­ trates, parochially, on Great Britain. What have been the ecological consequences of our exploitation of other mammals? 2. 2 HISTORICAL PHASES OF EXPLOITATION 2. 2. 1 Predatory man Our nearest relatives - chimpanzees, orang utans and gorillas - are essentially forest species, deriving most of their diet from the fruits of forest trees and the shoots and leaves of plants.

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...presents clear and well written papers on a variety of aspects of importance and certainly presents a number of issues that require current and future serious consideration...- Journal of Animal Ecology

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • The exploitation, sustainable use and welfare of wild mammals

    Taylor, Victoria J. (et al.)

    Pages 3-15

  • Historical dichotomies in the exploitation of mammals

    Yalden, Derek W.

    Pages 16-27

  • The wild fur trade: historical and ecological perspectives

    Tapper, Stephen (et al.)

    Pages 28-44

  • Assessing the impacts of uses of mammals: the good, the bad and the neutral

    Prescott-Allen, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 45-61

  • Game ranching

    Skinner, John D.

    Pages 65-74

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Exploitation of Mammal Populations
Editors
  • V.J. Taylor
  • N. Dunstone
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Chapman & Hall
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-1525-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-1525-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-412-64420-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-7182-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 415
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