BARKING UP THE EVOLUTIONARY TREE: THE ORIGIN OF DOGS (IN-PERSON)

Lecturer(s)
Patricia Princehouse
Director, Program in Evolutionary Biology, CWRU
Location
Lakeland Community College Holden University Center
Date
Thursday February 23
Time
10-11:30 a.m. ET

How is it that humankind’s “best friend” evolved from the same mammal order as lions, tigers and bears? Canis familiaris has a huge range of physical characteristics. But the bridge from predatory wolf to human companion is in dogs’ behavior. How was this bridge crossed? Did wolves follow humans to eat their garbage? Did children adopt wolf cubs? Did humans co-opt wolves’ hunting behavior, forming a co-evolutionary matrix that changed our bodies and theirs? What does it mean at a practical level for those of us who still share their lives with dogs.
 

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