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I’ve written about the evolution of the domestic dog before. What makes this such a great time to be a dog science geek is that in the few years since I wrote that post there’s been a lot of new research and new thought on the topic.
This is one of those subjects that is probably never going to be completely settled, at least not without time travel — and even then we would need a lot of luck. Chances are there was more than one "domestication event" and each one had likely slightly different factors contributing to its genesis.
This infographic, from The Uncommon Dog explains domestication with a bit of a hybrid view between the "adoption" theory that was very popular until relatively recently, and the self-domestication theory that I wrote about before (and still find more believable than adoption.) It’s an interesting take on the origins of the domestic dog.
Here’s the graphic. Enjoy! (Click for the full size version on the orginal site.)
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Aimee of Oz the Terrier wrote a review of Halo Healthsome Biscuits.
“I was given an opportunity to try some Halo Healthsome Vegetarian Biscuits recently and I was happily surprised at just how delicious they are!
You all know that I switched to a raw food diet, so Ma has been trying to find me some top quality, healthy treats that are not necessarily “raw”. Little did I know we were going to switch up my treats and go…gasp…vegetarian!
The Halo Healthsome Biscuits are gluten-free, grain-free, oven-baked treats made in the good ole U.S. of A. from loads of fruits and veggies. Just check out the list of healthy ingredients:
Halo Healthsome Peanut ‘n Pumpkin Biscuits Ingredients
Potato Flour, Whole Peanut Flour, Tapioca Flour, Pea Flour, Canola Oil, Pumpkin, Tomatoes, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Carrots, Split Peas, Broccoli, Parsley, and Ascorbic Acid
Did you know that Sweet Potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates which give your body energy?! How about this….did you know that Parsley can freshen your breath?!”
Thank you Aimee for your review and we are glad to hear that Oz is enjoying the treats!
A few nice Mite images I found:
Asian Lady Beetle in Central-Germany & a mite
Image by gbohne
The Asian or Harlequin lady-bird beetle is native to Nepal, China, Taiwan and Japan, but introduced to Europe and the USA as biological pest control; however, this invasive species is highly competitive with native Coccinelidae.
Harmonia axyridis PALLAS, 1771 (Harlequin or Asian Lady-beetle)
Genus: Harmonia MULSANT, 1846
Tribus: Coccinellini LATEREILLE, 1807
Subfamily: Coccinellinae LATEREILLE, 1807
Family: Coccinellidae LATEREILLE, 1807 (lady beetles, Marienkäfer)
Superfamily: Cucujoidea LATREILLE, 1802
Infraorder: Cucujiformia LAMEERE, 1938
Order: Coleoptera (beetles, Käfer)
to ID Europaean Lady Beetles: www.stippen.nl/lieveheersbeestje.php
Germany, N-Hessen: Kassel, ca. 180-220m asl., 19.07.2011
Mite damage on wheat leaf
Image by CIMMYT
Wheat leaf showing damage due to mites. When present in large numbers, mites cause a silvery flecking on leaves.
For more information, see CIMMYT’s Wheat Doctor: wheatdoctor.cimmyt.org/index.php?option=com_content&t….
Photo credit: CIMMYT.
Avocado mite damage
Image by Scot Nelson
Mite feeding injury to avocado fruit.
An adorable pic of three very sweet and cute puppies, one in every color
The Machine: A Truth Seekers Novel by Bill Myers My rating: 3 of 5 stars Reading the book, “The Machine” it was an interesting, go back in time concept, that not only entertain and capture the kids attention, but interspaced in the writing, were timeless biblical truths, that help bring a well-balanced, moral and faith…
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A family is forced to abandon their home due to a massive tick infestation. Visit http://animal.discovery.com/#mkcpgn=ytapl1.