Animals That Changed the World

Animals That Changed the World

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Outlines the way different types of animals, including livestock, pets, such creatures as silkworms that sparked trade, working beasts, noxious animals, and those that inspire the imagination, have influenced human civilization.

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How animals big and small have shaped today's world.

From furry felines to hard-working horses, animals have had a tremendous impact on world history. For example, rats, through the diseases they carry, have probably killed more people than any war or natural disaster, goats may have been the first to discover coffee and, thanks to camels, people were able to survive for long periods in the desert and open up trade routes between Europe and Asia.

However, animals can also be destructive. Mosquitoes spread deadly diseases -- and may even have killed Alexander the Great. Some animals have changed the environment by damaging whole ecosystems, creating deserts in their wake. Others, like the elephant, have been used as weapons of war.

Among the more than 20 animals featured in this book are dogs, sheep, dolphins, silk moths and beavers, all of which have changed the course of history for better or for worse. Lighthearted and humorous, with intriguing photos and informative sidebars, this book ensures that readers will appreciate all animals with newfound awe and respect.


How animals big and small have shaped today's world.

Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781554512430
Branch Call Number: J 590 THO
Characteristics: 112 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps, ports. (some col.) ;,25 cm.

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ScienceKate
Apr 19, 2012

It sonded like a really good book when i saw it but really it is not the best cause it is really sad in its own ways and it is kind of gross

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hiebalis721
Apr 03, 2012

liked it

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coolcamel186
Mar 21, 2012

not my favourite book but it had alot of infomation and some pics quite disterbing like the poop and the rosting guinea pigs :P

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8LN8
Mar 03, 2012

Lot oF cool pictures like cow poop and roasted guinea pigs

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Petal2772
Mar 01, 2012

This book is very informational yet fun!Many people have loved this book and read it endlessly:)

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potcakepups
Feb 29, 2012

this book is good and bad because at the beginning it is boreing but it gets much better!

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harrypotterthing2
Feb 29, 2012

I looooooooooooooove this book <3

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harrypotterthing1
Feb 29, 2012

Great so far, looking forward to the rest!!!!!

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herm12345
Feb 27, 2012

this is such a good book i didn't know half the things about these animals and what they did until i read about them. Brilliant! Five stars to the book!

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QAZ123
Feb 24, 2012

This book is good

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SPL_Childrens Jan 13, 2011

Yes, animals really have changed the world in many ways! Did you know that pigeons were once the fastest way to send a message (before phones and computers), and that beaver fur was the main reason that most of Canada was first explored by Europeans? Did you know that even today, the U.S. Navy sometimes uses dolphins for underwater surveillance? There’s many more surprising things to discover about animals!

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herm12345
Feb 27, 2012

"Meet the goat, a.k.a 'The poor Mans cow' "

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