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    Why Did the Ancients Bury Their Dogs like Family Members?

    Man’s best friend was also man’s first buried pet.Photograph by Pavlina Trauskeova / Shutterstock As a kid, when my pet turtle died we had a funeral—of course—and buried him in the backyard. When the family dog passed, his remains were cremated and placed in an urn on the mantle. In today’s society, mortuary rites for […]

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    How We Really Tamed the Dog

    A daring experiment builds a new tame species in just 60 years.

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    Only Street Dogs Are Real Dogs

    Purebreds don’t satisfy the biological definition of a species.

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    If You Can’t Beat Diseases, Domesticate Them

    A tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) sucking blood from human skinMarco Uliana via Shutterstock For most of our history, wolves have been a menace to humanity. Sharp teeth, raw speed, and pack coordination put us at serious risk. Their howls still send chills down our spines for good reason. But some thousands of years ago, some […]