A dog in the cave : the wolves who made us human /

by Frydenborg, Kay [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]Description: ix, 246 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780544286566; 0544286561.Title notes: YASubject(s): Dogs -- History | Dogs -- Evolution | Human-animal relationships -- History | CoevolutionSummary: Explores the connection between dogs and humans from hunter-gatherer partners to modern day pets, focusing on how humans have influenced dogs' evolution and raising new questions about the species' shared future.
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<p>We know dogs are our best animal friends, but have you ever thought about what that might mean? </p> Fossils show we've shared our work and homes with dogs for tens of thousands of years. Now there's growing evidence that we influenced dogs' evolution--and they, in turn, changed ours. Even more than our closest relatives, the apes, dogs are the species with whom we communicate best.<br> Combining history, paleontology, biology, and cutting-edge medical science, Kay Frydenborg paints a picture of how two different species became deeply entwined--and how we coevolved into the species we are today.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 236-240) and index.

Explores the connection between dogs and humans from hunter-gatherer partners to modern day pets, focusing on how humans have influenced dogs' evolution and raising new questions about the species' shared future.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • A Boy and His Dog (p. v)
  • 1 Close Encounters of the Canine Kind (p. 1)
  • 2 Written in the Bones (p. 23)
  • 3 Wolf-Dogs: Those Skulls Are How Old? (p. 53)
  • 4 A Meeting of Minds (p. 73)
  • 5 Written in the Genes (p. 131)
  • 6 The Dog on the Couch: Canine Psychologists (p. 165)
  • 7 A Wolf on the Bed (p. 205)
  • Glossary (p. 234)
  • Notes (p. 236)
  • Selected Bibliography (p. 239)
  • Internet Resources (p. 240)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 242)
  • Index (p. 243)

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Horn Book Review

"Humankind's best friend," as Frydenborg amends the phrase, has been relatively understudied in scientific circles, but recent developments--particularly the 1994 discovery of dog tracks that rewrote the evolutionary timeline, DNA testing that allows us to more fully explore the connections between modern species and ancient ones, and MRI technology that allows us to monitor brain activity--have led to an increase in dog research across a variety of fields and disciplines. Those discoveries help us wonder, speculate, and understand how dogs evolved from wolves and how those dogs also helped us evolve into humans, a complicated dance of a process known as coevolution. After setting the stage, Frydenborg goes back for a deep dive into some of these disciplines, most notably paleontology, genetics, and psychology, but she also takes frequent digressions into history and biology, some confined to sidebars, others woven into the main narrative. Evident throughout are the author's passion and curiosity. Full-color photographs (not seen) are interspersed, while a glossary, source notes, a bibliography, and an index are appended. jonathan hunt(c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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