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To: Steve Eisenberg
I think the known DNA sequences for wolves and dogs are virtually identical. This from about 15 years ago, when a group of scientists announced that dogs ARE wolves.

What human breeders manipulated was neotony. That is, they extended picked wolves who had an extended puppyhood. Generations of that resulted in most dogs acting like wolf puppies (not particularly agressive). Nhey never turn into adult wolves behaviorally. Then there was Cujo . . .

34 posted on 11/21/2002 7:26:03 PM PST by ffrancone
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To: ffrancone
What human breeders manipulated was neotony. That is, they extended picked wolves who had an extended puppyhood.

Our border collie mix does not really behave like a puppy. What she does is undertake, with considerable bravado, the early part of the hunt, in which the prey, whether toddlers or gerbils, is rounded up. However, once the roundup is complete, she is blessedly innocent as to what is supposed to come next.

As to what human breeders did, is such existed there is absolutely no way to know for sure, although I have given my surmise.

38 posted on 11/21/2002 7:33:24 PM PST by Steve Eisenberg
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To: ffrancone
"What human breeders manipulated was neotony."

This has never been a real impressive hypothesis. Whoever made this up has never seen a Komondor in full defensive mode.
47 posted on 11/21/2002 8:10:31 PM PST by Varda
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