Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What makes a dog a dog? What makes a wolf a wolf?

Humanity has had large impacts on the way animals have developed during its existence on the planet and still continue to do so. One way humans have took the reigns of the development of animals is domestication. The classic representation of the domesticated animal is the canine, "man's best friend". But what makes the "domestic". Scientists compared the activities of puppies from both dogs and their wild relatives, grey wolves, while being raised by humans. Results revealed an already present "capacity" for human interactions. This supports an hypothesis that while dogs were continuing to be domesticated and bred, certain genes that allow for increased conformity to humans.


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