Wolf and Man

Wolf and Man

Evolution in Parallel

1st Edition - January 28, 1978

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  • Editors: Roberta L. Hall, Henry S. Sharp
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483267838

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Wolf and Man: Evolution in Parallel is a collection of papers that discusses certain crucial attributes of humans including traits that are shared with other social predators. Some papers describe the wolf as the equal of man—the animal is a social hunter of large game, disregards human boundaries and properties, and consume livestock when it is necessary. The wolf's will to survive is as great as that of man, and brings along many resources to the competition. Several papers review the behavior and culture of man, wolf, dog, and the Chipewyan people who hunted caribou. Another paper examines the communication, cognitive mapping, and strategy in wolves and hominids. Hominids have developed cognitive maps, forced by their predation on large animals to cover wider ranges, to communicate and form complex sequences of utterances. One paper notes that the wolf was able to penetrate on every continent except Australia and Africa due to the Australian continent's isolation. In Africa, there is no ecological space for another highly organized social hunter of large game. The collection can be appreciated by anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, and scientists involved in paleontology and human evolution.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Introduction The Anthropology of the Wolf

    Part I Behavior and Culture

    1 Man, Wolf, and Dog

    Domestication and Civilization: Some Analogies

    Early Man-Wolf Relationships

    Social Organization and Ecology

    Human Hunting Communities

    Concluding Remarks


    2 Variability in the Wolf, a Group Hunter

    Group Hunting

    Aggressive Behavior within the Pack


    Individuality of Wolves


    3 Natural History of the Coyote

    4 Comparative Ethnology of the Wolf and the Chipewyan

    The Region of Analysis

    The Chipewyan and the Caribou

    The Wolf

    The Wolf and the Caribou

    The Wolf and the Chipewyan

    Concluding Remarks


    Part II Communication and Cognition

    Evolution of the Brain and Consciousness

    Exploring the Evolution of Consciousness


    5 Communication, Cognitive Mapping, and Strategy in Wolves and Hominids

    Communication in Wolves and Hominids

    Cognitive Maps of Wolves and Hominids

    Strategy in Wolves and Hominids

    Strategy and Cognitive Maps in Hominid Communication


    6 Wolf Vocalization

    The Growl

    The Whimper

    The Bark

    The Howl

    Concluding Remarks


    7 Scent-Marking in Wolves

    The Scent-Marking Study

    Distribution of Olfactory Sign

    Stimuli for Scent-Marking

    Functions of Scent-Marking


    Part III Paleobiology

    8 Variability and Speciation in Canids and Hominids

    Variability and Speciation in Canids and Hominids

    Pleistocene Glaciations and Coyote Evolution

    Variation in Modern Canids

    Australopithecine Variation

    The Genus Homo and Two Taxonomic Models

    Concluding Remarks


    9 Dire Wolf Systematics and Behavior

    History of Investigation

    Wolf, Dire Wolf, and Coyote Evolution

    Morphology of the Wolf, Dire Wolf, and Coyote

    Pleistocene Ranges of the Wolf, the Dire Wolf, and the Coyote

    Extinction of the Pleistocene Dire Wolf

    A Model for Dire Wolf Social Organization

    Models for Early Hominid Evolution

    Concluding Remarks


    Conclusion Wolf and Human

    Behavior and Culture

    Cognition and Communication


    The Path Ahead



Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: January 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483267838

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Roberta L. Hall

Henry S. Sharp

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