When dogs become the biggest predators of livestock

Dogs might be man’s best friends but they also turn out to be livestock’s biggest predators, at least in the Trans Himalayas. In the Upper Spiti landscape of the Trans-Himalayan region of India, of the 340 animals killed by predators in 2013 across 25 villages, free-ranging dogs (which move about freely in the landscape) were... Continue Reading →

Role of starch food digestion in dog domestication

Published in The Hindu on January 24, 2013 The adaptation which played a crucial role in transforming wolves into domestic dogs has been finally found. Genetic changes that facilitated the digestion of a starch-rich diet and not the morphological or behavioural helped this transformation. According to a paper published in Nature today (Jan 24), selection... Continue Reading →

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