Domestication

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A Simple Guide for Pet Licensing in the U.S.

Congratulations on your new pet! Not only will you make an incredible, lasting impact on an animal in need, but you’ve also begun an experience that will change your life forever! Now that your new pet is home with you, she’ll need to be licensed. o Pet licensing requirements will vary by county & state […]

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Dog-human cooperation is based on social skills of wolves, scientists show

Dogs are man’s best friend and partner. The origins of this dog-human relationship were subject of a study by behavioural scientists from the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna and the Wolf Science Center. They showed that the ancestors of dogs, the wolves, are at least as attentive to members of their species and […]

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A lot or a little? Wolves discriminate quantities better than dogs

Being able to mentally consider quantities makes sense for any social species. This skill is important during the search for food, for example, or to determine whether an opponent group outnumbers one’s own. Scientists from the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna studied how well dogs can discriminate between different quantities and discovered that […]

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Domestication of dogs may explain mammoth kill sites and success of early modern humans

A new analysis of European archaeological sites containing large numbers of dead mammoths and dwellings built with mammoth bones has led Penn State Professor Emerita Pat Shipman to formulate a new interpretation of how these sites were formed. She suggests that their abrupt appearance may have been due to early modern humans working with the […]

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Dogs and Humans Evolved Together, Study Suggests

Dogs are more than man’s best friend: They may be partners in humans’ evolutionary journey, according to a new study. The study shows that dogs split from gray wolves about 32,000 years ago, and that since then, domestic dogs‘ brains and digestive organs have evolved in ways very similar to the brains and organs of […]

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Dogs Domesticated 33,000 Years Ago, Skull Suggests

A canine skull found in the Altai Mountains of Siberia is more closely related to modern domestic dogs than to wolves, a new DNA analysis reveals. The findings could indicate that dogs were domesticated around 33,000 years ago. The point at which wolves went from wild to man’s best friend is hotly contested, though dogs […]

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Dog Evolution Included Getting the Starch In

Click here to listen to this podcast When you think about dog food, you probably picture more meat than potato. But a new study finds that, unlike wolves, dogs have genes that allow them to digest starch. That evolutionary adaptation may have helped fuel their domestication. The report is in the journal Nature. [Eric Axelsson […]

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Dog evolved 'on the waste dump'

23 January 2013 Last updated at 13:01 ET By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News Anyone who owns a dog knows that it will rummage around in the kitchen bin looking for food, given half a chance. But this annoying behaviour may have a more profound undercurrent than we realise, according to scientists. A new […]

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Ncaa Dog Collars- How Did We Get Here?


 If you stop to think about, that NFL dog collar-sporting pup running around your backyard is actually the result of many years of evolution and domestication. I know, it’s hard to conceive of a time when dogs were not man’s best friend, and NFL dog collars (or NCAA dog collars, whichever your league preference) […]

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Tips on Training Aggressive Dogs

Dogs are naturally aggressive. This trait of dogs developed over many centuries ensuring their survival in the wild. Selective breeding and domestication processes have minimised and refined dog aggression. Some tips to help you to understand your dogs aggressive behaviour are below. Why is my dog aggressive? Factors such as lack of exposure to other […]

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