Pets. The imprint of man on animals
Museum Henri-Lecoq (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
June 28 2012 to May 5 2013

Pets are inseparable from human history for thousands of years. Powerful symbols of ownership of wildlife by Humans, they eventually integrate their daily lives in many of its components. Hinge between Nature and Culture, the pet is a source of questions ... When, why and how human has domesticated animals in the twilight of prehistory? What tools are available to the scientist to build hypotheses regarding the domestication? How useful to have pets, past and present? How and why humans create new breeds? What breeding practices? Is the Auvergne a repository of unknown heritage in terms of livestock breeds? The pet is also a major element of the environment. What is and what was its impact on biodiversity and natural environments?
We discover later that the new lifestyles, closer to the animal, has long influenced human health. Beyond the animals we know well, such as dogs, cows, goats, sheep or pigs, perhaps we are less familiar species such as mulberry or the Golden Pheasant. A simple time travel will allow us to discover the place of pets in Arvernian, Auvergne to the time of the Gauls.
Exposure resolutely playful and visual, not hesitating to use new technologies, it also reserves for the children a space dedicated specifically to them.

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