Towards a New Model for Dog Domestication

Original crossbreeding between a German shepherd and Carpathian wolf to found the Czechoslovakian Vlcak. If you have been reading this blog for a long time, I used to post historical and indigenous accounts of wolves, coyotes, and dingoes being used … Continue reading

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The jackals and the cheetah and a glimpse of how dog domestication may have happened

We think of interactions between predators as always antagonistic.  Meat is hard to come by, and if one comes by meat on the hoof, it is unlikely that the owner-operator of said flesh will give it up willingly.   Meat is … Continue reading

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The problem with using modern wolves in dog domestication studies

Gordon Buchanan with a wild arctic wolf on Ellsmere. Photo by the BBC.  For really long time, the mystery of human bipedalism vexed us. Our closest relatives, the chimpanzees and the bonobos, are all knuckle-walking apes, and there was an … Continue reading

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What sheep can tell us about dog domestication

I’ve written several posts about dog domestication and how the foundation of modern Western “breed” dogs has distorted our ability to figure out where dogs originated.  For several  years, it was strongly contended that dogs were derived from East Asian … Continue reading

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