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- DescriptionFew animals are as closely associated with humans as bears. From the Greek legend of Callisto to Winnie-the-Pooh , bears have throughout history been a rich source of imagery, myth, story and legend. Bear begins 25 million years ago with 'dawn bear', the small dog-sized ancestor of all bears. Tracing the evolution of the bear family, the author discusses extinct types, such as the cave bear and the giant short-faced bear, as well as describing in detail the eight species that exist today. Several of these species are w facing extinction, and the book considers the impact of current human behaviour on bears and their environments. Bear explores the bear-human relationship and how human perceptions of bears have changed over time. Drawing from cultures around the world, it discusses the various legends and myths, including the ceremonies and taboos that surround hunting, killing and eating bears. It also looks at representations of bears in contemporary culture: as the subjects of stories, songs, cartoons and films; as exhibits in pits, circuses and zoos; and also as toys. The book concludes by considering the precarious future of the bear, threatened as it is by loss of habitats, disease, pollution, global warming and poaching for the medicinal trade. Bear will appeal to all those interested in the past, present and future of these extraordinary creatures.
- Author BiographyRobert E. Bieder is Research Associate and Adjunct Professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Indiana, USA. He is the author of many books and articles on North American natural history, folklore and ethnology.
- Author(s)Robert E. Bieder
- PublisherReaktion Books
- Date of Publication26/08/2005
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Series TitleAnimal S.
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintReaktion Books
- Content Note44 black & white illustrations, 56 colour illustrations
- Weight364 g
- Width135 mm
- Height190 mm
- Spine13 mm
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