Micro-Memphis: the representation of invertebrates in Memphite art

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Invertebrates represent approximately 90% of the earth’s fauna and are a major contributor to the planet’s biodiversity. They play a vital role in the functioning of the environment and provide humans with a variety of foods, medicines, and other essential products. Yet despite their importance, the most common human reaction to invertebrates is negative. Insects, spiders, and crustaceans reliably engender an adverse response, ranging from indifference to disgust. They are not valued, particularly in Western society, and are perceived as unclean, unattractive, and/or dangerous by most cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAncient Memphis, 'Enduring is the Perfection'
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the international conference held at Macquarie University, Sydney, on August 14-15, 2008
EditorsLinda Evans
Place of PublicationLeuven
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9789042925465
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Ancient Memphis - Sydney
Duration: 14 Aug 200815 Aug 2008

Publication series

NameOrientalia Lovaniensia analecta


ConferenceInternational Conference on Ancient Memphis

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