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  • Dog burial as common ritual in Neolithic populations of north-eastern Iberian Peninsula
    on February 14, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Coinciding with the Pit Grave culture (4200-3600 years before our era), coming from Southern Europe, the Neolithic communities of the north-eastern Iberian Peninsula started a ceremonial activity related to the sacrifice and burial of dogs. The high amount of cases that are recorded in Catalonia suggests it was a general practice and it proves the tight relationship between humans and these animals, which, apart from being buried next to them, were fed a similar diet to humans'. […]

  • Cancer comparison across species highlights new drug targets
    on February 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Cancer genes in mucosal melanoma, a rare and poorly understood subtype of melanoma, have been compared in humans, dogs and horses for the first time. Researchers sequenced the genomes of the same cancer across different species to pinpoint key cancer genes. The results give insights into how cancer evolves across the tree of life and could guide the development of new therapies. […]

  • Do bigger brains equal smarter dogs? New study offers answers
    on January 29, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Larger dogs have better short-term memory and self-control than smaller breeds, according to new research. […]

  • Overlapping genomic regions underlie canine fearfulness and human mental disorders
    on January 23, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Researchers have identified two novel anxiety-related genomic regions in German Shepherd dogs. The region associated with fearfulness corresponds with the locus of human chromosome 18, which is associated with various psychiatric disorders, while the region associated with noise sensitivity includes several genes related to human and canine behavior and mental disorders. […]

  • Medical detection dogs help diabetes patients regulate insulin levels
    on January 15, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    New research has found that the best trained alert dogs have the potential to vastly improve the quality of life of people living with Type 1 diabetes. […]

  • 11,500-year-old animal bones in Jordan suggest early dogs helped humans hunt
    on January 15, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    11,500 years ago in what is now northeast Jordan, people began to live alongside dogs and may also have used them for hunting, a new study shows. The archaeologists suggest that the introduction of dogs as hunting aids may explain the dramatic increase of hares and other small prey in the archaeological remains at the site. […]

  • Skull scans tell tale of how world's first dogs caught their prey
    on January 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Analysis of the skulls of lions, wolves and hyenas has helped scientists uncover how prehistoric dogs hunted 40 million years ago. […]

  • Bulldogs' screw tails linked to human genetic disease
    on January 3, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    With their small size, stubby faces and wide-set eyes, bulldogs, French bulldogs and Boston terriers are among the most popular of domestic dog breeds. Now researchers have found the genetic basis for these dogs' appearance, and linked it to a rare inherited syndrome in humans. […]

  • Overweight dogs may live shorter lives
    on January 3, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    New research reveals overweight dogs are more likely to have shorter lives than those at ideal body weights. […]

  • For gait transitions, stability often trumps energy savings
    on December 20, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Working with nine animal models, researchers find a preference for stability over energy conservation during speed-related gait transitions. […]

  • Better understanding of dog body language could make interactions safer
    on December 20, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    A better understanding of the way dogs communicate distress could be the first step in reducing the risk of dog bites for both children and adults, a new study has found. […]

  • Snowed in: Wolves stay put when it's snowing
    on December 19, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Wolves travel shorter distances and move slower during snowfall events, according to new research. The effects were most pronounced at night, when wolves hunt, and behavior returned to normal within a day. […]

  • Students around the globe collect quality, eye-opening research data on mammals
    on December 12, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Researchers are running a large-scale camera-trap study called eMammal, recently enlisted the help of K-12 students from 28 schools and four countries -- the United States, India, Mexico and Kenya. What the researchers, and the kids, discovered was surprising. […]

  • US healthcare costs for animal-related injuries exceed $1 billion every year
    on December 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    The healthcare costs of injuries caused by encounters with animals in the USA exceed US $1 billion every year, finds new research. […]

  • A future for red wolves may be found on Galveston Island, Texas
    on December 11, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Red wolves, once nearly extinct, again teeter on the abyss. New research finds red wolf ancestry in Texas -- providing opportunities for additional conservation action and difficult policy challenges. Researchers have identified red wolf ''ghost alleles'' in canid population on Galveston Island. […]

  • Smelling the forest not the trees: Why animals are better at sniffing complex smells
    on December 10, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Animals are much better at smelling a complex 'soup' of odorants rather than a single pure ingredient, a new study has revealed. […]

  • New method to treat life-threatening heart arrhythmias in dogs
    on December 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Researchers have developed a new treatment for dogs with a rare, but life-threatening, arrhythmia caused by atrioventricular accessory pathways (APs). The minimally invasive technique, which uses radiofrequencies, is modified from a human cardiology procedure and has a more than 95 percent success rate in treating dogs with this type of arrhythmia. […]

  • Interventions in dog populations could reduce rabies in rural China
    on December 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Domestic dogs play a key role in the transmission and expansion of rabies in rural areas of China, according to a new study. […]

  • The taming of the dog, cow, horse, pig and rabbit
    on November 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Research into one of the 'genetic orchestra conductors', microRNAs, sheds light on our selectively guided evolution of domestic pets and farmyard animals such as dogs and cows. […]

  • Dogs know when they don't know
    on November 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Researchers have shown that dogs possess some 'metacognitive' abilities -- specifically, they are aware of when they do not have enough information to solve a problem and will actively seek more information. The researchers created a test in which dogs had to find a reward behind one of two fences. They found that the dogs looked for additional information significantly more often when they had not seen where the reward was hidden. […]


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