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To: afraidfortherepublic
... an innate trait among dogs, the result of individual dogs having been selected and bred over hundreds or thousands of years on the basis of their ability to "understand" their masters.

I think the author has the science backwards. Early hunters would not have wasted their time attempting to domesticate a creature that did not already demonstrate a keen empathy for humans and an unusual ability to work with them. I suggest that these characteristics were inherent in the canine species that sprung forth from prior genetic stock in those ancient days and that selective breeding only refined preexistent qualities.

40 posted on 11/22/2002 11:41:35 AM PST by concentric circles
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To: concentric circles
Early hunters would not have wasted their time attempting to domesticate a creature that did not already demonstrate a keen empathy for humans and an unusual ability to work with them.

I think you're right!

51 posted on 11/22/2002 1:47:00 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: concentric circles
I suggest that these characteristics were inherent in the canine species that sprung forth from prior genetic stock in those ancient days and that selective breeding only refined preexistent qualities.

Do you have any doubt that dogs evolved from wolves?

54 posted on 11/22/2002 1:58:37 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian
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