Thus, dogs may be a better measure of a potential mate's caregiving capacity.
Dogs and cats were the most common pets for both sexes.
Tens of thousands of years ago, before the internet, before the Industrial Revolution, before literature and mathematics, bronze and iron, before the advent of agriculture, early humans formed an unlikely partnership with another animal—the grey wolf. They learned to read the complex expressions that ripple across human faces. Today, dogs are such familiar parts of our lives—our reputed best friends and subject of many a meme—that it’s easy to take them, and what they represent, for granted.
The fates of our two species became braided together. Dogs were the first domesticated animals, and their barks heralded the Anthropocene.
They altered our relationship with the natural world.”Larson wants to pin down their origins.
He wants to know when, where, and how they were domesticated from wolves.