Animals: From Mythology to Zoology (Discovering the Earth) by Michael Allaby

By Michael Allaby

This new seven-volume "Discovering the Earth" set examines the efforts made by means of scientists within the fields of surroundings, environmental defense, and environmental technology. masking a vast diversity of issues - together with the Earth sciences, surroundings, oceans, ecology, animals, crops, and exploration - the books during this finished set supply a landscape of short bills of specific discoveries and the folk who made them. those tales clarify the issues that have been solved, the methods they have been approached, and, from time to time, the lifeless ends that scientists occasionally reached. excellent for top university and faculty scholars and especially helpful to scholars of environmental stories, ecology, biology, geography, geology, and the arts, the books within the "Discovering the Earth" set make clear the best way the medical element of Western tradition has built. Written in transparent language and requiring no mathematical wisdom, those useful books characteristic sidebars the place essential to clarify a specific inspiration in addition to full-color pictures, tables, charts, and extra assets.

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When others sought to defend Pliny, Leoniceno went into much more detail, publishing an enlarged edition in . First, he pointed out that Pliny had made the ridiculous claim that the Moon is larger than the Sun. He then claimed that Pliny simply quoted sources without gaining firsthand experience of the topics he described, and this had led him into confusing Latin and Greek names for plants of which he was personally ignorant. Pliny’s work continued to influence poets and the authors of nonscientific works, but his influence among natural historians declined, and by  scientists had abandoned it.

Here the king would roam at pleasure with his damsels, partly in carriages, partly on horseback, and no man ever intruded. He would have the damsels hunt with hounds and give chase to the animals. Marco Polo did not witness this hunt himself, of course. ” His new acquaintance took Polo through the grounds, where he reported that “the chambers of the damsels have all fallen in ruin, and only vestiges of them remain. ” Facfur was the last Song ruler of Manzi and, says Marco Polo, it was his lifestyle that brought him down.

Apart from his own work, he provided guidance for his pupils in the form of lectures and encouragement to undertake research. His classification of animals was often highly perceptive, but his aim was to seek the most fundamental characteristics, of which other characteristics were the consequences. This allowed him to arrange animals into a great chain of being, with those possessing the most basic features at the bottom and other animals ranged above them in levels of increasing complexity. The chain comprised an unbroken sequence of animals, and it united every species.

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