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Once a Wolf

The Science Behind Our Dogs' Astonishing Genetic Evolution
Narrated by: John Curless
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Biology
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Summary

The author of Seven Daughters of Eve returns with a lively account of how all dogs are descended from a mere handful of wolves. 

How did wolves evolve into dogs? When did this happen, and what role did humans play? Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes used the full array of modern technology to explore the canine genetic journey that likely began when a human child decided to adopt a wolf cub thousands of years ago. In the process, he discovered that only a handful of genes have created the huge range of shapes, sizes, and colors in modern dogs. 

Providing scientific insight into these adaptive stages, Sykes focuses attention on our own species and how our own evolution from (perhaps equally aggressive) primates was enhanced by this most unlikely ally. 

Whether examining our obsession with canine purity or delving into the prehistoric past to answer the most fundamental question of all, "Why do we love our dog so much?," Once a Wolf is an engaging work no dog lover or ancestry aficionado should be without.

©2018 Bryan Sykes (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • 10-07-19

So good I listened to it twice

What a great book. Just to make sure I got all of the splendid information, I listened to it twice, which is my ultimate compliment. If one is interested in where their family pooch came from, this is a must read! Genetics is a complex subject and I think I actually got it. The only flaw is....He did not write about Welsh Springer Spaniels, my true love!

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