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How the Dog Became the Dog

From Wolves to Our Best Friends

By Mark Derr
Narrated by David Colacci / 8 hours 22 minutes

That the dog evolved from the wolf is an accepted fact of evolution and history, but the question of how wolf became dog has remained a mystery, obscured by myth and legend. How the Dog Became the Dog posits that dog was an evolutionary inevitability in the nature of the wolf and its human soul mate. The natural temperament and social structure of humans and wolves are so similar that as soon as they met on the trail they recognized themselves in each other. Both are highly social, accomplished generalists, and creatures of habit capable of adapting—homebodies who like to wander. How the Dog Became the Dog presents "domestication" of the dog as a biological and cultural process that began in mutual cooperation and has taken a number of radical turns. At the end of the last Ice Age, the first dogs emerged with their humans from refuges against the cold. In the eighteenth century, humans began the drive to exercise full control of dog reproduction, life, and death to complete the domestication of the wolf begun so long ago.

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Author
Narrator David Colacci
ISBN 9781452674254
Length 8 hours 22 minutes
Language English
Publisher Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date
Edition Unabridged
Genres Science & Nonfiction
Libro.fm rank #162,022 Overall
Genre rank #5,378 in Science