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    Terry O'Connor(Editor) Naomi Jane Sykes(Editor)

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Eight thousand years ago, when the sea cut Britain off from therest of the Continent, the island's fauna was very different:most of the animals familiar to us today were not present, whilstothers, now extinct, were abundant. Over the course of millenniahumans have manipulated Britain's fauna. For reasons of fear,suspicion, desire, or simply inadvertently, certain species werebrought to extinction. In their place new animals wereintroduced: some transported purposefully by invadingpopulations, others sent as royal gifts from far off lands,whilst several species arrived as stowaways. The story of each isfascinating, telling of the changing and multi-layeredrelationship between humans and animals. Drawing on new researchin the fields of archaeology, ecology and history, this bookexamines how human society, culture, diet, lifestyles and evenwhole landscapes were fundamentally shaped by the animalextinctions and introductions that occurred in Britain since thelast Ice Age.



In its 22 chapters a wide range of mammal, bird, fish, snail andinsect species are considered. All of the chapters include newand original research presented by authors who are acknowledgedexperts on their specific topic.Extinctions and Invasionsadvances our understanding of Britain's natural history whilstdispelling the myths that have become established in both popularand academic literature. It is written in a style accessible tothe general reader, whilst providing the depth of research neededby academic researchers.Extinctions and Invasionsprovides a valuable single source of information for archaeologists,natural historians and conservation biologists, as well asinterested laypeople.

A useful volume.'--Peter Taylor"ECOS, vol 31, No. 3/4" (01/01/2010)A useful volume.'--Peter Taylor "ECOS, vol 31, No. 3/4, 2010 "A useful volume.'--Peter Taylor -ECOS, vol 31, No. 3/4, 2010 -The survey benefits immensely from the concentration of specialist knowledge brought by the editors and 19 authors, who understand the faunal dividend of modern archaeology. Notwithstanding this expertise, the book is readable, well edited and well written.. Essential for any archaeologist seeking to understand postglacial history, this is also a book for the home.'--Mike Pitts "British Archaeology Review, May-June 2011 "There are welcome new insights and revisions.'--Chris Smout"BRISC Recorder News, Issue 82" (07/01/2011)

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  • By Pantha on 17 August 2015

    An absolutely fascinating book, with all the in-depth, up-to-date research to satisfy the academic professional but written in such a readable style and format that even the casual amateur enthusiast will find it a good (and pretty easy) read. This is great for people interested in ecology and conservation but also for those who're interested in social history (what were the surroundings of our ancestors like?), agricultural history (the introduction of cattle, horses and donkeys but also insect species that were introduced via grain) or costume/dress/textile history (information on the introduction of fur-bearing animals, etc.).The chapters each deal with a single species or group of species. They are: horse; donkeys/mules; aurochs/cattle; elk red deer (to Scottish islands); European fallow deer; wild boar; wolf; lynx; wildcats/domestic cats; brown bear; European beaver; rabbit; house mouse; black rat; extinct birds; introduced birds (focusing on domestic fowl); freshwater fish; land/freshwater mollusks; insects.

  • By Mrs. Keri J. Russell on 8 January 2011

    I bought this book after a recommendation from one of the countries top conservationists. I am studying Ecology & Conservation, and this was completely up my street. It has a good section on Scottish Wildcats which I am really interested in.It is invaluable information, and I can highly recommend this to anyone studying animal and environmental sciences.

  • By Ken Allen on 26 April 2016

    A brilliant book and good reference.


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