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Domesticity and appearance

2004-03-29 19:28:32.773983+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Busy busy busy the first few days of this week, so updates on the weekend's trip will have to wait. To tide you over, something that looks like a "must-read" that I've not yet had a chance to pursue too far. A little link lovin' to Jerry Kindall who had a link to Good Tempered Creatures, which is an article about breeding for domestication which, among other links, pointed to Early Canid Domestication: The Farm Fox Experiment (HTML, no pictures) (but see PDF version with pictures) which describes a 40 year long experiment to breed foxes for domesticity that found that many of the traits we find endearing, like floppy ears, appear to be a side effect of breeding for behavior.

More grist for the "beauty may not be only skin deep" mill...

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-30 01:54:31.661207+00 by: td

On the front page, this clause no verb: "many of the traits we find endearing, like floppy ears." But on the comment page, the sentence ends with "appear to be a side effect of breeding for behavior". What up?

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-30 16:40:18.524237+00 by: Dan Lyke

Edit not update flag which rebuild front page.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-30 20:12:45.465656+00 by: crasch

Nifty article!