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What Makes Dogs Man’s Best Friend?

July 5, 2018

From pugs to labradoodles to huskies, dogs are our faithful companions. They live with us, play with us…
Mice Change Their Appearance as a Result of Frequent Exposure to Humans

March 16, 2018

Many tame domesticated animals have a different appearance compared to their relatives in the wild, for example white…
Tomato domestication decelerated the circadian clock

November 21, 2015

All organisms, from bacteria to humans, exhibit endogenous rhythms controlled by the circadian clock. These rhythms are important…
Domestication syndrome: White patches, baby faces and tameness

July 15, 2014

This is Helios, an approximately 3-year-old cattle dog/greyhound mix with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. Credit: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue www.luckydoganimalrescue.org…
Scientific cooperation reveals patterns of ancient migration towards Europe

June 17, 2014

Eighteen archeologists from prestigious European and American Universities collaborated in order to draw a reliable picture of the…
The story of animal domestication retold

April 24, 2014

Many of our ideas about domestication derive from Charles Darwin, whose ideas in turn were strongly influenced by…
More questions than answers as mystery of domestication deepens

April 22, 2014

SID HASTINGS/WUSTL PHOTOS Washington University biologist Ken Olsen, who studies the genetic basis of evolution in plants, and…
Birthplace of the domesticated chili pepper identified in Mexico

April 22, 2014

Central-east Mexico gave birth to the domesticated chili pepper — now the world’s most widely grown spice crop…
Chickens to chili peppers: Scientists search for the first genetic engineers

April 18, 2014

Smithsonian archaeologist, Dolores Piperno, measures a teosinte plant growing under past climate conditions. Credit: Sean Mattson, STRI Suddenly…
Cat domestication traced to Chinese farmers 5,300 years ago

December 17, 2013

The Near Eastern Wildcat, native to Western Asia and Africa, is believed to be the primary ancestor of…
Sharing was Caring for Ancient Humans and Their Prehistoric Pups

June 3, 2013

While the tale of how man’s best friend came to be (i.e., domestication) is still slowly unfolding, a…
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