Museum of Natural Mystery – Exhibit 15: Making Friends
Old Dogs, New Tricks
August 24, 2017 at 10:48 am
Dogs: mankind’s constant companions. They love us, and we love them. Anyone with a dog knows that the bond runs deeper than owner and pet. Personally, I spend about 90 percent of my time with my dog Luna, and if she has anything to say about it, we’re rarely more than a few feet apart in those moments. She goes where I go, she sleeps where I sleep, and even though she doesn’t use words, we never seem to have trouble understanding each other.
The connection between us feels so natural to me that I rarely give it much thought. It’s like we’re instinctively tuned in to one another. And perhaps we are. After all, dogs have been around almost as long as human beings could rightly call ourselves people. It’s a symbiotic relationship that predates the domestication of cats, livestock, and even crops. Before we invented agriculture, math, or written language, we invented the dog. Today on Museum of Natural Mystery, we examine the processes of unnatural selection that shaped man’s best friend.
Here’s a closer look at some of the topics we cover in this episode:
Belyaev Experiment – The Russian Fox Domestication Project
A look at tame vs. aggressive foxes:
Successfully domesticated foxes:
Dog Breeds: 100 Years Ago vs. Today
Museum theme by Michael Guy Bowman
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Rachel: Designer #UkuleleWitch @rachelvice
Tour Guide: Emery Coolcats
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