In Totemism (1962a) and The Savage Mind (1962b) Lévi-Strauss claimed that there was no intrinsic connection between kinship-linked naming systems and food taboos, but it was rather an illustration of a special way of thinking, what he called the “savage” science of concrete ([1962b] 1964b:29). Animal species, with their many observable differences and habits offered a way of naturalising social classifications and distinctions, answering the “primitive” demand for order ([1962b] 1964b:23), where different animals represented different human groups.