Longfin damselfish (left) have domesticated mysid shrimps (right).
While humans domesticate plants and animals, these relationships are surprisingly rare in other species. Our new study found a species of fish that appears to have domesticated a kind of tiny shrimp.
Archaeologists investigate an ancient habitation site in western Mongolia, seeking clues to the early history of domestic horses.
Archaeologists have long argued over when and how people first domesticated horses. A decade ago, new techniques appeared to have provided answers – but further discoveries change the story again.
Tomatoes’ ancestors looked very different.
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Through genetic detective work, scientists have identified missing links in the tomato’s evolution from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato of today.
He died so that we might eat cheese.
Your taste for cheese and yoghurt may never have been satisfied were it not for illicit microbial sex.
Genetically modified mice express a green fluorescent protein which causes them to glow in the dark.
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Human changes to the living world have benefited us, but the ecological consequences are mounting.
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Our research shows that, millions of years from now, fossilised chicken bones will mark the era of human domination.
A new study of ancient Botai horses turns our knowledge about wild and domestic horses on its head.
Scientists have shown the origins of today’s popular ‘tabby’ cat.
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New study finds little evidence that farmers consciously tried to turn wild plants into more useful crops.
Dogs are a big part of their owners’ routines – which makes their loss even more jarring.
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Many are embarrassed to publicly show too much grief over the death of a dog. But research has shown just how devastating the loss can be.
A Yanomami woman cultivates a medicinal tree.
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New research shows how ancient rainforest cultures have left their mark on today’s plantlife.
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 to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science today…
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 about their domestication. Now researchers have found the earliest case of cat…