Companion Animal Psychology Book Club August 2017

The book of the month is How to Tame a Fox by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut.


A fox curled up asleep for the book club's choice How To Tame a Fox by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut



By Zazie Todd, PhD

The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club book for August 2017 is How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution.

From the inside cover,
"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's fox breeding experiments had resulted in puppy-like foxes with piebald spots and curly tails. Along with these physical changes came genetic and behavioural 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."

To whet your appetite, you can read my interview with Dr. Lee Dugatkin.

Are you reading too? Leave a comment below with your thoughts on the book.


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