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Tiny dogs are freaks of evolution

Sometimes scientists report on research which clarifies what we already know. ‘Survival of the Cutest’ Proves Darwin Right: The study, published in The American Naturalist on January 20, 2010, compared the skull shapes of domestic dogs with those of different species across the order Carnivora, to which dogs belong along with cats, bears, weasels, civets…

Dogs adapting to urban ecologies

A friend pointed me to this fascinating article about stray dogs in Moscow: … It has become a symbol for the 35,000 stray dogs that roam Russia’s capital – about 84 dogs per square mile. You see them everywhere. They lie around in the courtyards of apartment complexes, wander near markets and kiosks, and sleep…

Dog selection

Tracking footprints of artificial selection in the dog genome: The size, shape, and behavior of the modern domesticated dog has been sculpted by artificial selection for at least 14,000 years. The genetic substrates of selective breeding, however, remain largely unknown. Here, we describe a genome-wide scan for selection in 275 dogs from 10 phenotypically diverse…