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The Resource How to tame a fox (and build a dog) : visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution, Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut

How to tame a fox (and build a dog) : visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution, Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut

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How to tame a fox (and build a dog) : visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution
Title
How to tame a fox (and build a dog)
Title remainder
visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution
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Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut
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Language
eng
Summary
"Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails and floppy ears that are as docile and friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs-they are foxes. They are the result of the most astonishing experiment in breeding ever undertaken-imagine speeding up thousands of years of evolution into a few decades. In 1959, biologists Dmitri Belyaev and Lyudmila Trut set out to do just that, by starting with a few dozen silver foxes from fox farms in the USSR and attempting to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs in real time in order to witness the process of domestication. This is the extraordinary, untold story of this remarkable undertaking. Most accounts of the natural evolution of wolves place it over a span of about 15,000 years, but within a decade, Belyaev and Trut{u2019}s fox breeding experiments had resulted in puppy-like foxes with floppy ears, piebald spots, and curly tails. Along with these physical changes came genetic and behavioral changes, as well. The foxes were bred using selection criteria for tameness, and with each generation, they became increasingly interested in human companionship. Trut has been there the whole time, and has been the lead scientist on this work since Belyaev's death in 1985, and with Lee Dugatkin, biologist and science writer, she tells the story of the adventure, science, politics, and love behind it all. In How to Tame a Fox, Dugatkin and Trut take us inside this path-breaking experiment in the midst of the brutal winters of Siberia to reveal how scientific history is made and continues to be made today. To date, fifty-six generations of foxes have been domesticated, and we continue to learn significant lessons from them about the genetic and behavioral evolution of domesticated animals. How to Tame a Fox offers an incredible tale of scientists at work, while also celebrating the deep attachments that have brought humans and animals together throughout time" --Inside jacket
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1962-
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Dugatkin, Lee Alan
Dewey number
636.9776
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
  • SF405.F8
  • QH442.6
LC item number
D84 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Trut, L. N.
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  • Beli͡aev, D. K
  • Silver fox
  • Domestication
  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Animal genetic engineering
  • Genetics, Experimental
  • Geneticists
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How to tame a fox (and build a dog) : visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution, Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: why can't a fox be more like a dog? -- A bold idea -- Fire-breathing dragons no more -- Ember's tail -- Dream -- Happy family -- Delicate interactions -- The word and its meaning -- An SOS -- Clever as a fox -- The commotion in the genes
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
216 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780226444185
Lccn
2016045441
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • ocn960106572
  • (OCoLC)960106572
  • 2036597
Label
How to tame a fox (and build a dog) : visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution, Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: why can't a fox be more like a dog? -- A bold idea -- Fire-breathing dragons no more -- Ember's tail -- Dream -- Happy family -- Delicate interactions -- The word and its meaning -- An SOS -- Clever as a fox -- The commotion in the genes
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
216 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780226444185
Lccn
2016045441
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • ocn960106572
  • (OCoLC)960106572
  • 2036597

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