Yeah I've heard of the Boerboel, they look huuuuuge!
Education not Legislation
that last picture is great.
This is a very interesting therory on evolution of the domistic dog.
Not sure what I think of it , would love to hear others opinions!!!!!
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I don't think I could take anything posted on a creationist page seriously. Nice mix of fact and fiction and good luck picking the difference if you don't know already.
BBC - BBC Two Programmes - Horizon, 2009-2010, The Secret Life of the Dog
SBS recently broadcast this doco about "the Secret life of a Dog" made for BBC Horizons
It discusses ancestry of the dog and agrees with the idea they all come from the Grey Wolf.
I disagree with the creationist website which says that you can't tell one dog from another by the DNA. It's only a matter of time - you can tell the ancestry so given a breed of dogs and registered dogs you can track back the dna to friends and relations of a particular breed hence the DNA tests to let you know what breeds your mutt has in. And these will get better and better over time - and I suspect a few breeders who have knowingly or unknowingly outcrossed - will be sprung.
So, as for dogs only being domesticated for 15000 years and that happening in China. Really really unlikely, though it is interesting that a creationist website admits that the world existed more than 6000 years ago.
So Australian Aboriginies lived and hunted with dogs - essentially the dingo and brought it with them to Australia from the islands to the north and essentially Africa via India and coasts etc - they landed or there is evidence of them here from about 40,000 to 60,000 years ago - dates are still a bit vague but archeology, artwork and the plant evolution suggests about this time. So dogs have been dogs/dingos since at least 40,000 years ago. And that would be my unprofessional unqualified opinion.
There is a book by Raymond and Lorna Coppinger: Dogs - A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behaviour and Evolution. It is something really worth reading. It covers above subjects carefully and thoroughly, explains creation of many different breeds, and really nicely covers herding breeds as well as sled dogs (R. Coppinger is former sled dog racing champion). As a biologist he did a research on various dogs in different environments, observed dogs in natural settings from Africa to Balkan mountains.
Anyway, I read the book several times and I still like to open it when I need to clear something up. It's just superb.
Last edited by Fedra; 12-21-2010 at 03:29 AM.
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