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Hybrids, such as two species combined in a single being, have fueled the imagination since antiquity, and the combinations imagined were often fantastical. Aristotle, for instance, in his Historia animalium (8,28; “Animal History”), mentions crosses of dogs and tigers and associates these with the particular climatic conditions of Africa, where animals of different kinds gathered at sparse waterholes in tremendous heat. This was the origin, he supposed, of the Greek proverb that all that was new came from Africa. Pliny echoed these views in his Naturalis historia (“Natural …

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Müller-Wille, Staffan, “Hybrid”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021190>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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