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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 41, No. 2, 2020, pp. 97-104
Bioline Code: zr20013
Full paper language: English
Document type: Editorial
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Zoological Research, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2020, pp. 97-104

 en Deciphering the puzzles of dog domestication
Zhang, Zhe ; Khederzadeh, Saber & Li, Yan 

Abstract

The domestic dog, as a highly successful domestication model, is well known as a favored human companion. Exploring its domestication history should provide great insight into our understanding of the prehistoric development of human culture and productivity. Furthermore, investigation on the mechanisms underpinning the morphological and behavioral traits associated with canid domestication syndrome is of significance not only for scientific study but also for human medical research. Current development of a multidisciplinary canine genome database, which includes enormous omics data, has substantially improved our understanding of the genetic makeup of dogs. Here, we reviewed recent advances associated with the original history and genetic basis underlying environmental adaptations and phenotypic diversities in domestic dogs, which should provide perspectives on improving the communicative relationship between dogs and humans.

Keywords
Dog; Domestication history; Adaptation; Phenotypic diversity; Domestic legacy

 
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