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A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-29 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0544286561
LANGUAGE:English

" If you follow dog science, you won't learn anything new here, but this is a nice summation of findings in the last 20-25 years for teens not quite ready for The Genius of Dogs yet. Probably a bit steep for most tweens. " said.

"Give to all your dog lovers. Scientific study of the relationship between dogs and humans has exploded recently: how far back does the relationship go? What does each species get out of the relationship? How smart are dogs, anyway? We know dogs evolved from wolves, but have humans evolved because of dogs? The 1st couple of chapters were light on actual facts, but once it got down to it, the human/dog relationship is pretty fascinating. For instance, I thought that the hypothesis that newly modern humans were able to out-compete the previously very successful and adaptable Neanderthals in just a few thousand years because of their new relationship with another alpha predator, wolves, really cool to think about." said.

" a great compilation of the theories and evidence of the co-evolution of dogs and humans. neither of us would be what we are today workout the other " said.

" I received a copy of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. " said.

" You don't have to be a kid to love this book! See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R31JE8H... " said.

" I'm liking the text so far, but some of the chosen photographs leave something to be desired - like the one of Queen Victoria, whom, the book mentions, was often photographed with one of her beloved dogs. Why is the selecteed photograph of Queen Victoria not one where she is posing with one of her dogs? Another image - the 3-D of a t-rex - is poor quality. " said.

"I've mostly enjoyed this middle - high school level non-fiction book. I didn't realize that dogs as a subject of biologicial study had been over looked for so long. Only in the 21st century have scientists started to question assumptions about when and how dogs came to be.

But in chapter 1, I was troubled by a throw-away statement about Native Americans. I'm glad that the history of dogs includes native Americans from North and South America. But on page 21 the author says "as native peoples and cultures were largely obviated, so were their dogs." and "most of the indigenous dogs who survived the onslaught gradually disappears, their genetic heritage was lost to inbreeding with European dogs." That turn of phrase seems harsh. Native people have not been obliviated; overlooked and marginalized - yes. Maybe blanket statements like that could be toned down for the final edition?
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" This book is fascinating. Although we take for granted that wolves became dogs as a direct result of their domestication (regardless of how that domestication occurred), I had not previously come across the suggestion that perhaps humans evolved into what we are now as a direct result of our species's interaction with dogs. However, there are many scientists who now believe this to be the case.Fascinating. " said.

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