Stones of Silence: Journeys in the Himalaya
Schaller's tale of his Himalyan treks (1969-1975) to assess the effect of humans on the habitat of wild sheep and goats. He describes, also, a less known area--the Nilgiri Hills at the tip of the subcontinent. No bibliography. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Sheep and goats colonized many ranges of Eurasia together. They usually
occupied simple habitats, such as deserts and terrain recently vacated by ice,
where plant growth is sparse. It has become axiomatic in biology that when two
Confined as they often are to isolated cliffs, herds tend to be more cohesive than
those of sheep. ... As to specific displays, clashing goats rear bolt upright,
whereas sheep either rush at each other on all fours or unbalanced on their
When Brian Hodgson first described the blue sheep in 1833, he gave it the
scientific name Ovis nayaur on the assumption that it was a sheep, not a goat.
Now, observing one of the males, I could easily see the basis for his reasoning.
With its ...
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I'd never heard of Schaller before but wanted to read it because it concern the same 1970s trip Peter Matthiessen was on when he wrote The Snow Leopard. Apparently Schaller was at the time considered ... Read full review
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