By Rachel Poliquin

With particular fish-like tails, chainsaw enamel, a stinky musk, and unbelievable development talents, beavers are in contrast to the other creature on the planet. now not unusually, the extreme beaver has performed a desirable position in human background and has encouraged a wealthy cultural culture for millennia.

In Beaver, Rachel Poliquin explores 4 unprecedented beaver positive factors: beaver musk, beaver fur, beaver structure, and beaver ecology, tracing the lengthy evolutionary heritage of the 2 dwelling species and revealing them to be survivors able to withstanding ice a while, significant droughts, and all predators, other than one: people.

Widely sought for their fur, beavers have been a driver in the back of the colonization of North the United States and stay, this present day, Canada’s nationwide image. Poliquin examines depictions of beavers in Aesop’s Fables, American mythology, modern artwork, and environmental politics, and he or she explores the very fact and fictions of beaver chain gangs, beaver-flavored ice cream, and South America’s ever-growing beaver inhabitants. And certain, she even examines the heritage of the sexual euphemism. Poliquin delights within the unusual stories and unbelievable heritage of the beaver. Written in an available sort for a wide readership, this fantastically illustrated e-book will entice someone who enjoys long-forgotten animal lore and striking animal biology.

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