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

By Michael Allaby

This new seven-volume "Discovering the Earth" set examines the efforts made via scientists within the fields of surroundings, environmental defense, and environmental technological know-how. protecting a large diversity of subject matters - together with the Earth sciences, surroundings, oceans, ecology, animals, crops, and exploration - the books during this entire set offer a landscape of short bills of specific discoveries and the folks who made them. those tales clarify the issues that have been solved, the methods they have been approached, and, now and again, the useless ends that scientists occasionally reached. excellent for top tuition and faculty scholars and especially beneficial to scholars of environmental reviews, ecology, biology, geography, geology, and the arts, the books within the "Discovering the Earth" set make clear the way in which the medical point of Western tradition has constructed. Written in transparent language and requiring no mathematical wisdom, those necessary books characteristic sidebars the place essential to clarify a specific proposal in addition to full-color images, tables, charts, and extra assets.

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The Ming emperor Yung-lo (– ) sent an expedition to Africa to capture a giraffe for his collection that already included a zebra and some other African animals. The Chinese tradition did not extend to Japan, however. There, the first zoo opened in , when a pair of Asian elephants entered the country at Nagasaki. The male was taken to Edo (now called Tokyo) and shown to the public. A small menagerie opened in Edo in . This moved to Ueno Park in , where it developed to become the present Ueno Zoological Gardens.

It was not open to the public, although it charged its members no fees. Plato was an aristocrat related to people linked to the tyrants who ruled Athens, and he lived in troubled times when Athens was at war. Two of the tyrants were his uncles. Plato bitterly hated democracy, a hatred that is clearly expressed in the  books of his Republic. In the Republic, written in the form of a dialogue in which Socrates explains matters to his friend Glaucon, Plato describes the political structure of what he regards as the ideal form of government: It is a totalitarian dictatorship.

Today they survive only in the Gir Forest in India. Samson, in the Old Testament book of Judges, encountered an Asiatic lion while on his way to ask for the hand in marriage of the woman with whom he had fallen in love. Samson tore the lion apart with his bare hands (Judges :). GREEK BIRD GARDENS On his long journey home following the fall of Troy, the Greek hero Odysseus was imprisoned for seven years by the nymph Calypso on 39 40 ANIMALS her island of Ogygia, which is thought to be Gozo, the island adjacent to Malta in the Mediterranean.

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