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Dogs : a new understanding of canine origin, behavior, and evolution

Author: Raymond Coppinger; Lorna Coppinger
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Coppingers explore how dog breeds have evolved into their unique shapes and behaviors. Concentrating on five types of dogs--modern household dogs, village dogs, livestock guarding dogs, sled  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond Coppinger; Lorna Coppinger
ISBN: 0226115631 9780226115634
OCLC Number: 49576572
Notes: Originally published: New York : Scribner, ©2001.
Description: 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : studying dogs --
Why study dogs --
How to study and who studies, dogs --
pt. 1. The evolution of the basic dog : commensalism --
ch. 1. Wolves evolve into dogs --
The Pinocchio hypothesis of dog origin --
Taming the wolf --
Training the wolf --
Domesticating the wolf --
Speciation requires populations that evolve, not individuals --
Speciation requires differential mortality --
ch. 2. Village dogs --
The mesolithic island --
ch. 3. Natural breeds --
People become conscious of dogs --
pt. 2. Working dogs and people : mutualism --
ch. 4. Developmental environments --
Livestock-guarding dogs --
In the nest : shaping the behavior --
The transhumance : distributing and mixing genes --
The transhumance : evolving the size and shape --
Breed genesis : selecting for color --
Walking hounds --
ch. 5. The physical conformation of a breed --
Sled dogs : how do they run --
The shape of the team --
Running is social behavior --
The society of a sled dog team --
The value of the breed standard --
ch. 6. Behavioral conformation --
Herding dogs, retrievers, and pointers --
The border collie's behavioral conformation --
Motor patterns --
pt. 3 Are people the dog's best friend : parasitism, amensalism and dulosis --
ch. 7. Household dogs --
Measuring the benefit to humans of the household dog --
ch. 8. Assistance dogs --
pt. 4. The tail wags the dog --
ch. 9. What's in the name canis familiaris --
ch. 10. The age of the dog --
ch. 11. Why dogs look the way they do --
How to change size --
How to change shape --
The shape of intelligence --
Rapid evolution of breeds --
Neoteny, paedomorphism, and the evolution of dogs from wolves --
ch. 12. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Raymond Coppinger and Lorna Coppinger.
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