In this episode I talk with Robert Losey about the domestication of dogs and their ongoing adaptations as they interact with humans.
Episode notes are available on the ArchaeoCafé website.
About Robert Losey
Dr. Losey is a professor at the University of Alberta specialising in the archaeology of human-animal relationships. He has worked extensively in the North American and Siberian Arctic and Eastern Russia where much of his recent research focuses on dog and reindeer domestication, and the long-term history of dog sledding.
Some useful terminology and links
A long term process by which behavioural or physiological changes occur in a species of plant and animal over many generations due to human control over or influence on reproduction. It involves the a long term relationship with humans, so much so that the plant or animal population evolves to living with humans. This may be intentional or unintentional.
The conditioned behavioural modification of a wild-born animal when its natural avoidance of humans is reduced and it accepts the presence of humans. This does not involve genetic modification of the individual animal or of a population.
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