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on origins of dogs

Postby Bruce Schwartz » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:05 am

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Re: on origins of dogs

Postby mtlhdr » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:24 pm

Interesting. I was reading something the other day about whether dogs potentially were domesticated more than once. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-ne ... 180964101/
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Re: on origins of dogs

Postby Bruce Schwartz » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:42 pm

Yes... good article. Thanks. Here's another recent article about North American dogs that were buried ritualistically by native Americans pre contact with Europeans and being distinctly different dogs. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/scie ... ster-ctvt/
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Re: on origins of dogs

Postby crackerd » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:36 am

Bruce, didn't American Water Spaniels once look like Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, or was that vice versa :mrgreen: ?
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/09/science/foxes-tame-genetics.html

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Re: on origins of dogs

Postby bhennessy » Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:48 pm

Very interesting Smithsonian article I saw recently which cited some resent research that dogs essentially domesticated themselves. Those wolves that eventually developed a recognizion that there was opportunity with humans lived to reproduce more often. Amazingly the researchers think that dog-like traits like floppy eats and curly tails which made them less threatening to humans probably began to develop within a few generations.

It’s funny that we think we are the bosses of our dogs, but in the broader picture we may have been owned from day one by them. Love it.
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