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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
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How to tame a fox (and build a dog)
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visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution
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Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut
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eng
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"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'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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More than a half century ago, a Soviet biologist named Dmitry Belyaev decided to gather up 130 foxes from Siberian fox farms and figure out just how long it would take to domesticate them. Their goal was to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs. Most accounts of the natural evolution place it over a time span of about 15,000 years, but within ten years of starting the fox breeding program, Belyeav experiments had resulted in puppy-like foxes
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Science Books and Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult Science Book, 2018.
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10560742
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ICU/DLC
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1962-
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Dugatkin, Lee Alan
Dewey number
636.9776
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illustrations
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index present
LC call number
QH442.6
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Trut, L. N.
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True
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  • Beli͡aev, D. K
  • Silver fox
  • Domestication
  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Animal genetic engineering
  • Genetics, Experimental
  • Geneticists
  • Foxes
  • Siberia
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adult
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visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution
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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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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocn960106572
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24 cm
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216 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780226444185
Lccn
2016045441
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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color illustrations
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(OCoLC)960106572
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 category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn960106572
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
216 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780226444185
Lccn
2016045441
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)960106572

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