Horns, Pronghorns, and Antlers

Evolution, Morphology, Physiology, and Social Significance

Editors: Bubenik, George A., Bubenik, Anthony B. (Eds.)

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Since the first drawings left on walls of ancient caves, human beings have been fascinated with that unique phenomenon of the animal kingdom, the presence of horns and antlers. From the mythical ''unicorn'' exercising the power over life and death to the perceived aphrodisiacal and other medical properties of rhinoceros horns and growing antlers, these conspicuous protuberances have had a significant place in the history of mankind. Part of that ancient interest in antlers and horns was due to their value as sym­ bols of masculinity; this interest persists today in trophy hunting, an honorable tradition carried on for centuries in many countries of the world. This book, which deals with evolution, morphology, physiology, and behavior, has not been devised as a comprehensive review of the subject of horns, prong­ horns, and antlers; rather, it is a series of chapters stimulating thoughts, discus­ sions, and initiation of new studies. As editors, we did not interfere with the content of articles nor with the opin­ ions and interpretations of our contributors, and we left them to decide whether to accept the suggestions of our reviewers. Despite the fact that various aspects of cranial appendages have been studied since the end of the eighteenth century, many controversial views still exist, as witnessed in various chapters of this book.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Epigenetical, Morphological, Physiological, and Behavioral Aspects of Evolution of Horns, Pronghorns, and Antlers

    Bubenik, Anthony B.

    Pages 3-113

  • Correlation of Reproductive and Digestive Strategies in the Evolution of Cranial Appendages

    Janis, Christine M.

    Pages 114-133

  • Muntiacidae

    Groves, Colin P. (et al.)

    Pages 134-168

  • Cervidae of Southeast Asia

    Grubb, Peter

    Pages 169-179

  • Cranial Appendages of Giraffoidea

    Churcher, Charles S.

    Pages 180-194

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Horns, Pronghorns, and Antlers
Book Subtitle
Evolution, Morphology, Physiology, and Social Significance
Editors
  • George A. Bubenik
  • Anthony B. Bubenik
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4613-8966-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4613-8966-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-8968-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 562
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