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How science measures up cats and dogs

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: July 29, 2010   View Article

As “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” hits the big screen, find out what science has to say about the intelligence and abilities of our favorite household pets.

Flying Dogs and Amorous Anteaters

Publication: MSN/SwitchYard Media   Date: May 11, 2010   View Article

It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.” — Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

Is a speedy caterpillar that can accurately forecast the winter weather lacking in smarts? Is a dog that surfs stupid?< ?p>

The protagonist in Mark Twain’s 1906 essay “What is Man” might be pleased to know that thousands of Americans routinely sharpen their perceptions at shows and festivals around the country that showcase the beauty, intellect, and physical prowess that abounds in nature.

Dogs First Tamed in China – To Be Food?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 4, 2009   View Article

Wolves were domesticated no more than 16,300 years ago in southern China, a new genetic analysis suggests—and it’s possible the canines were tamed to be livestock, not pets, the study author speculates.

“In this region, even today, eating dog is a big cultural thing,” noted study co-author Peter Savolainen, a biologist at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Where Did Dogs Become Our “Best Friends”?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 3, 2009   View Article

DNA from scrappy dogs in African villages is raising doubts about a theory that dogs first became “man’s best friend” in East Asia.

Based on DNA evidence, scientists believe that domestic dogs originated from Eurasian gray wolves sometime between 15,000 and 40,000 years ago.

Animal Photos Weekly: Baby Monkey, Beautiful Goat, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: November 5, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of animals in the news. Shots include a baby colobus monkey, an English bulldog, the “most beautiful” goat, a panda bear checkup, and a doggie soup kitchen.

Animal Photos Weekly: Rare Leopard, Tiger Cub, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 29, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of animals in the news. Shots include a Far Eastern leopard, a three-headed Chihuahua, a dog in Austria’s National Day celebration, a Malayan tiger cub, and a lioness cub.

Photos: Over 100 “Quake Dogs” Get Medical Aid in China

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 21, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of dogs rehabilitated at a dog shelter in the wake of the Sichuan earthquake in China.

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