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date: 18 September 2019

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This chapter examines the wild fauna in ancient Mediterranean. It explains that this category of animals can be divided into several subcategories. These include wild progenitors of domestic taxa, major wild mammalian taxa, birds and fish, and other aquatic animals. This chapter provides a description of several species in each subcategory including bison, red deer, brown bear, martens, and dolphins. It also highlights the complexity of studying of animals in ancient iconography because of the depiction of animals in a variety of ways that are sometimes not related to the social significance of that image.

Keywords: wild fauna, ancient Mediterranean, progenitors of domestic taxa, mammalian taxa, birds, fish, aquatic animals, ancient iconography

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