wild razorback hog

Crosby's overall argument--
1. Europeans succeeded in colonization because they brought their ecosystem with them
2. how were they able to do that?
Notice how the pieces of the ecosystem fit together
also that many farm animals could live in the wild without human care
the Europeans radically transformed the ecosystem into an ecosystem dominated by European plants and animals
the argument made for plants doesn't work for animals

cowboy and many
            cattle--old postcard
Megafauna: a number of species of large animals that went extinct shortly after human beings arrived (both Americans and Australia and New Zealand)
romantic engraving of wild horses in Argentina
Why were these animals able to go wild and grow to populations of many millions?
beehive near a house in early America
The honey bee

zoological illustration of rats

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