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Rhinoceros

Author: Kelly Enright
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2008.
Series: Animal (Reaktion Books)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The rhinoceros's fearsome appearance and powerful leathery frame belie its docile and solitary nature, causing the animal to be consistently perceived by humans as a short-tempered monster to be avoided at all costs. In Rhinoceros Kelly Enright deftly sifts fact from fiction. Early sightings mistook the rhinoceros for the mythical unicorn, while circus displays and tours in 18th-century Europe and 19th-century  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kelly Enright
ISBN: 9781861893741 1861893744
OCLC Number: 179836781
Description: 172 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm.
Contents: Ancient and mythic --
Rhinos on the road --
Native haunts --
Cultural life --
Horns, habits and habitats --
Timeline.
Series Title: Animal (Reaktion Books)
Responsibility: Kelly Enright.

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Rhinoceros' wildness has roots in the ancient, prehistoric and mythic. Many sightings of the rhinoceros were thought to prove the existence of the mythical unicorn, which was said to be impossible to  Read more...

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'The latest addition to Reaktion's splendid "Animal" series concerns a beast that was confused with the unicorn, libelled by Pliny (he called it "plotting, conniving and underhanded) and praised by Read more...

 
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