April 29, 2021

How Accurate Is Alpha’s Theory of Dog Domestication?

Long ago, before your four-legged best friend learned to fetch tennis balls or watch football from the couch, his ancestors were purely wild animals in competition—sometimes violent—with our own. So how did this relationship change? How did dogs go from being our bitter rivals to our snuggly, fluffy pooch pals? Europe is a cold and dangerous place 20,000 years ago when the film’s hero, a young hunter named Keda, is injured and left for dead. Fighting to survive, he forgoes killing an injured wolf and instead befriends the animal, forging an unlikely partnership that—according to the film—launches our long and […]
April 29, 2021

The Origins Of Cats

The domestic cat (Felis catus) is one of the most recently evolved species within the Felidae family. The Felidae family have been split into three genera: Panthera (cats that roar – lions, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards and jaguars) Acinonyx (the Cheetah) Felis (all other ‘small’ cats) However, the classification of the Felidae family is difficult, in part because of the difficulty in distinguishing species by their phenotype and morphology – they all look remarkably similar and, for example, it is extremely difficult for even trained experts to differentiate the skull of a lion from that of a tiger. […]
April 29, 2021

When Did People Start Keeping Pets?

Pets have been harnessed to humans for possibly tens of thousands of years. The archaeological and genetic record is being combed and analyzed for evidence of when and how the human-animal bond developed, not just to satisfy a craving for trivia, but because it says a lot about the evolution of human society, says Greger Larson, director of the University of Oxford’s palaeogenomics and bio-archaeology research network, which is leading a major international project to determine the origins of dogs. People who have pets have free time and wealth, he says. Pets are animals that are kept for pleasure, and […]

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