All posts tagged with domestication

How mice became house mice

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A new paper from Thomas Cucchi and coworkers in Scientific Reports probes the early history of the house mouse: “Tracking the Near Eastern origins and Europe...

Natural areas going to the dogs

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Human presence has changed the natural environment in many ways. One of the most important is the spread of species that do well in the presence of humans, m...

The dawn of bread

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Archaeologists working at Shubayqa 1, a site in northeastern Jordan, found tiny fragments of an ancient unleavened bread as they were excavating a hearth. Th...

Link: Peanut origins

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Peanuts have an interesting origin: “Modern Peanut’s Wild Cousin, Thought Extinct, Found in Andes”.

Notable: Plant use in Neolithic Nubia

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Notable paper: Madella M, García-Granero JJ, Out WA, Ryan P, Usai D (2014) Microbotanical Evidence of Domestic Cereals in Africa 7000 Years Ago. PLoS ONE 9(1...

Selection and lactase persistence

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I received a letter about lactase persistence that motivated me to a fairly long reply; I thought I would share the question and answer:

Teosinte before the Holocene

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Archaeologists and agronomists have accomplished a lot to understand the relationships of today’s domesticated crops and their wild progenitor species. But t...

Dog domestication complexity

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Ewen Callaway covers the active area of dog domestication research in a new Nature News article (“Dog genetics spur scientific spat”) Callaway:dog:2013.

Selection is for the dogs

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I was really pleased to see the new paper by Erik Axelsson and colleagues Axelsson:2013 on the pattern of recent selection on domesticated dogs. As we began ...

Link parade

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Here are some stories to entertain, amuse, or depress:

Warp and woof

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James Gorman stirs the pot on dog domestication, by comparing the new review article by Greger Larson and colleagues Larson:dog:2012 with Pat Shipman’s Ameri...

Rapid adaptation to captivity in salmon

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I just want to note this study by Mark Christie and colleagues Christie:salmon:2011 because it is such a clear demonstration of powerful selection working on...

Dog won't hunt

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Jerry Coyne points to the extreme changes made possible by artificial breeding of dogs within the last 150 years: “Dog breeding: the debasement of the Americ...

Potato sack race

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Smithsonian magazine has a very nice article by Charles C. Mann, “How the Potato Changed the World”, focusing on the effects of the Columbian exchange on Eur...

Mailbag: Dogs in Chauvet

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Love your blog, which I stumbled across while googling for more detail on the wolf tracks in Chauvet Cave. Have been fascinated by this stuff since 1st grad...

Mental mismatches

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A Primate of Modern Aspect (“The sexuality wars, featuring apes”) writes about some of the reactions to the new book, Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of...

The Aurignacian dogs

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I didn’t see this article when it came out but I ran across it this week: Pat Shipman writes about possible evidence for early dog domestication (“The Woof a...

A horse of a different color

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I feel like I’ve been transported into the future to see what science will be like fifteen years from now:

First dogs in Aurignacian?

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I haven’t seen this paper, so can’t comment on the results, but the story is worth passing along:

Chicken introgression

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Bees, dogs, and cattle have all provided interesting evolutionary stories this week. Now it goes to the chickens: A study by Jonas Eriksson and colleagues f...

Rat races

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Read Nick Wade's article about Siberian rat breeding experiments. Two strains of rat: one tame and one aggressive. Now they're screening their genomes to se...

Where did pigs come from?

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A study of pig mtDNA sequences by Greger Larson and colleagues in Science establishes that domesticated pigs originated in multiple geographic locations fro...