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Cannibalism : a perfectly natural history, Bill Schutt

Label
Cannibalism : a perfectly natural history
Title
Cannibalism
Title remainder
a perfectly natural history
Statement of responsibility
Bill Schutt
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Eating one's own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. Throughout history we have engaged in cannibalism for reasons relating to famine, burial rites, and medicinal remedies. Cannibalism has been used as a form of terrorism but also as the ultimate expression of filial piety. With unexpected wit and a wealth of knowledge, Bill Schutt, a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, takes us on a tour of the field, exploring exciting new avenues of research and investigating questions like why so many fish eat their offspring and some amphibians consume their mother's skin; why sexual cannibalism is an evolutionary advantage for certain spiders; why, until the end of the eighteenth century, British royalty regularly ate human body parts; how cannibalism may be linked to the extinction of Neanderthals; why microbes on sacramental bread may have led to Catholics' to persecute European Jews in the Middle Ages. Today, the subject of humans consuming one another has been relegated to the realm of horror movies, fiction, and the occasional psychopath, but be forewarned: As climate change progresses and humans see more famine, disease, and overcrowding, biological and cultural constraints may well disappear. These are the very factors that lead to outbreaks of cannibalism. As he examines these close encounters of the cannibal kind, Bill Schutt makes the ick-factor fascinating"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
YDX
Dewey number
394/.909
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
GN409
LC item number
.S38 2017eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Cannibalism : a perfectly natural history, Bill Schutt
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Copyright
Note
"Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Animal the cannibal -- Go on, eat the kids -- Sexual cannibalism or size matters -- Quit crowding me -- Bear down -- Dinosaur cannibals? -- File under: weird -- Neanderthals and the guys in the other valley -- Columbus, caribs and cannibalism -- Bones of contention -- Cannibalism and the Bible -- The worst party ever -- Eating people is bad -- Eating people is good -- Chia skulls and mummy powder -- Placenta helper -- Cannibalism in the Pacific Islands -- Mad cows and Englishmen -- Acceptable risk
Control code
ocn972428469
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (332 pages ):
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781616206550
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
9134B1D5-930A-45B7-AD85-E43C40E0770A
System control number
(OCoLC)972428469
Label
Cannibalism : a perfectly natural history, Bill Schutt
Link
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Animal the cannibal -- Go on, eat the kids -- Sexual cannibalism or size matters -- Quit crowding me -- Bear down -- Dinosaur cannibals? -- File under: weird -- Neanderthals and the guys in the other valley -- Columbus, caribs and cannibalism -- Bones of contention -- Cannibalism and the Bible -- The worst party ever -- Eating people is bad -- Eating people is good -- Chia skulls and mummy powder -- Placenta helper -- Cannibalism in the Pacific Islands -- Mad cows and Englishmen -- Acceptable risk
Control code
ocn972428469
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (332 pages ):
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781616206550
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
9134B1D5-930A-45B7-AD85-E43C40E0770A
System control number
(OCoLC)972428469
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