Just a stripey horse? Neigh …
They look like stripey horses – so why don't we ride them?
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We've bred them into all shapes and sizes, but dogs haven't been around for long enough to have evolved beyond Canis familiaris.
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An animal science expert explains why Crufts teaches us so much about man's best friend.
You’ve come a long way, baby.
The how and the when of dog domestication are fairly settled. As for the where: now DNA says Fido traces his roots back to wolves in Central Asia that lingered around people's camps millennia ago.
Keep playing dumb and they might even let us sleep by the fire.
With humans providing lots of easy leftover food, wolves had a great incentive to 'self-domesticate'.
Turns out pigs have more boar in them than we thought.
How has domestication changed the humble house cat?
House cats are a great source of companionship for many people – 3 million cats are kept as pets in Australia. Now thanks…
Domesticated mammals, including dogs, share a number of characteristic features.
Take a look at several domesticated mammal species and you might spot a number of similarities between them, including those cute floppy ears. The famous naturalist and evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin…
So, you found my ancestors? Are you sure this time?
There has been much debate about how cats went from hunting in the wild to a much-loved pet. That is because we know little…
Yeah, they messed with my genes.
The Silk Road snaked across continents for more than a thousand years, shaping civilisations in East and West. Famously trodden by Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan, the trade route brought riches to…