By Andrew Lawler

ISBN-10: 1476729913

ISBN-13: 9781476729916

From historical empires to fashionable economics, veteran journalist Andrew Lawler promises a sweeping heritage of the animal that has been most important to the unfold of civilization around the globe—the chicken.
Queen Victoria was once captivated with it. Socrates’ final phrases have been approximately it. Charles Darwin and Louis Pasteur made their medical breakthroughs utilizing it. Catholic popes, African shamans, chinese language philosophers, and Muslim mystics praised it. during the historical past of civilization, people have embraced it in each shape imaginable—as a messenger of the gods, strong intercourse image, playing relief, brand of resurrection, all-purpose drugs, convenient examine instrument, notion for bravery, epitome of evil, and, in fact, because the megastar of the world’s most famed joke.

In Why Did the chook move the World?, technological know-how author Andrew Lawler takes us on an experience from prehistory to the trendy period with a desirable account of the partnership among human and fowl (the such a lot profitable of all cross-species relationships). starting with the hot discovery in Montana that the chicken’s not likely ancestor is T. rex, this e-book builds on Lawler’s well known Smithsonian conceal article, “How the poultry Conquered the World” to trace the fowl from its unique domestication within the jungles of Southeast Asia a few 10,000 years in the past to postwar the US, the place it grew to become the main engineered of animals, to the doubtful way forward for what's now humanity’s unmarried most vital resource of protein.

In a masterful mixture of historic sleuthing and journalistic exploration on 4 continents, Lawler reframes the best way we believe and examine our most vital animal partner—and, via extension, all domesticated animals, or even nature itself.

Lawler’s narrative finds the secrets and techniques at the back of the chicken’s transformation from a shy jungle fowl into an animal of staggering versatility, able to serving our species’ altering wishes. For no different siren has referred to as people to upward push, shine, and prosper really just like the rooster’s cry: “cock-a-doodle-doo!”

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So the question should really be, what is the best way to solve a challenge faced by an individual within his ecological niche, rather than, why doesn’t a particular species/ individual use tools? Such an ecological approach toward tool use avoids the anthropocentric assumption that it is better to use tools in most situations and allows us to look at the ecological and morphological factors that affect tool use. , 2007; Boesch, 2007, 2010), and that we need to put ourselves into the situation of the animals as much as possible if we want to understand the solutions they adopt.

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