Denise  |  Feb 22, 2011  |  Ruff Ideas

Great Article: Taming Foxes and Domestication - National Geographic

In the late 1950's, a Russian biologist began a research project to try and understand how animals become domesticated. He gathered 130 wild foxes with the goal of "re-creating the evolution of wolves into dogs"...a domestication process that was thought to have taken thousands of years. Yet within nine generations, he was producing foxes with characteristics like dogs that "would leap into researchers' arms and lick faces." Currently, researchers are focused now on linking tame behavior to genes. Fascinating read!

Tame Siberian Foxes.  Photograph by Vincent J. Musi
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