In History of Animals, Aristotle analyzes “differences”—in elements, actions, modes of lifestyles, and character—across the animal state, in guidance for constructing their reasons, that are the fear of his different zoological works. Over 500 species of animals are thought of: shellfish, bugs, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals—including humans. In Books I–IV, Aristotle supplies a comparative survey of inner and exterior physique components, together with tissues and fluids, and of feel schools and voice. Books V–VI research reproductive equipment, breeding behavior, and embryogenesis in addition to a few secondary intercourse transformations. In Books VII–IX, Aristotle examines adjustments between animals in feeding; in habitat, hibernation, migration; in enmities and sociability; in disposition (including ameliorations regarding gender) and intelligence. the following too he describes the human reproductive procedure, perception, being pregnant, and obstetrics. booklet X establishes the female’s contribution to iteration. The Loeb Classical Library® version of History of Animals is in 3 volumes. an entire index to all ten books is incorporated within the 3rd (Volume XI of the Aristotle edition). comparable Volumes Aristotle’s organic corpus comprises not just History of Animals, but in addition Parts of Animals, circulation of Animals, development of Animals, Generation of Animals, and demanding elements of On the Soul and Parva Naturalia. Aristotle’s common methodology—“first we needs to seize the diversities, then attempt to realize the explanations” (Ha 1.6)—is utilized to the examine of vegetation by way of his more youthful co-worker and inheritor to his college, Theophrastus: Enquiry into Plants reviews ameliorations around the plant country, whereas De Causis Plantarum stories their factors. within the later old global, either Pliny’s Natural History and Aelian’s On the features of Animals draw considerably on Aristotle’s organic paintings.
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