Dogs of the American Aborigines; With Twelve Plates

Dogs of the American Aborigines; With Twelve Plates

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...Europe, and gives a reproduction (p. 50, fig. 47) of a photograph showing dimly an Indian with his dog. The fine series of Peruvian dog-skulls in the U. S. N. M. contains nine that show complete gradation in size between the smallest (which I have considered more or less typical of the Techichi) and the largest which represents the Inca Dog. Since these skulls are more or less comparable as to age, it seems likely that the gradation in size is due 'to free interbreeding of the two sorts of dogs. The largest skull of the series (U. S. N. M. 176,309, of which the measurements have been given) is almost precisely matched by the skull of a Common Indian Dog from Peel River, Arctic America, collected by Robert Kennicott about 1860 (U. S. N. lI. 6,219). The only obvious differences are that the palate of the Inca Dog shows the peculiar thickened ridges at the posterior end and is much narrower across the occipital condyles. The latter characteristic is shared by the other dog-skulls from Peru in contrast with the northern dogs, and is no doubt among the latter a result of their use as sledge-dogs, for the greater development of the neck and chest muscles in hauling might well enough demand a broader support from the skull. This general similarity of skull and skeletal proportions probably indicates a closer relationship with the larger Indian dogs of northern North America, than with the Wolf or Coyote as Nehring has suggested. What may be feral dogs of this breed are said to be found in the Island of Juan Fernandez, off Peru. According to Ermel (1889, p. 53) they are the native Araucarian dogs, shaggy-coated, of medium size, and very powerful. Semitamed ones are sometimes used there in hunting the feral goats. Ihering (1913) has recorded the...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236900197
  • 9781236900197