Fifty Animals That Changed the Course of History
In this fascinating account, author Eric Chaline presents his top 50 animals that have altered the world around us. From the humble earthworm up to the dominant species today - us - a whole host of wildlife makes an appearance.
Discover what creepy animal inspired the striped barber's poles of Venice, or how the sturdy little donkey journeyed from the deserts of Somalia, how some species have helped us build civilisations and others to destroy them. This is not just a study of Earth's animals but one that charts the journeys of disease, culture and ancient migrations, from mythology to palaeontology.
Accompanied by fascinating facts and anecdotes this is the perfect book for dipping in and out, with recipes for seal flipper pie to the good omen of flying chickens that Romans looked out for. Be amazed at the world around you, and the animals that have played a main role in making it.
A wonderful gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend, or a great read on a rainy day.