By Robert E. Bieder
The indignant grizzly and the cuddly teddy: few animals own any such diversity of personas because the endure. right here, Robert Bieder surveys the wealth of images, myths, and tales that surrounds the undergo. starting with the sunrise undergo, the small dog-sized ancestor of all bears who hails from 25 million years in the past, Bieder embarks on a desirable exploration of the evolutionary background of the undergo relations, from extinct species comparable to the cave undergo and large short-faced undergo to the mere 8 species that continue to exist today.
endure attracts on cultural fabric from around the globe to check some of the legends and myths surrounding the undergo, together with ceremonies and taboos that govern the searching, killing, and consuming of bears. The ebook additionally appears on the function of bears in smooth tradition because the topics of news, songs, and flicks; as exhibited items in circuses and zoos; and, might be such a lot famously, as toys. Bieder additionally considers the precarious way forward for the endure because it is threatened by way of lack of habitat, poaching, international warming, and illness and discusses the impression of human habit on bears and their environments.
followed through various bright images and illustrations, and written in an interesting style, undergo is an attractive and informative quantity for an individual who has curled up with Winnie-the-Pooh or marveled at this robust king of the wooded area.
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