Wolves, Dogs, and Humans
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Natural History, Wildlife
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Archeological and genetic evidence has demonstrated that humans have a closer and more ancient history with wolves (and, ultimately, domestic dogs) than any other animal species on the planet. Wolves started self-domesticating themselves more than 36,000 years ago, scavenging near human hunting sites. Over time, this interaction resulted in humans selecting for traits that led to the fully domesticated wolf that we call "dog."
Ironically, wolves remain one of the most persecuted species on the planet and have been exterminated throughout much of their range - an issue that ranges today throughout Europe and the United States, particularly around Yellowstone National Park. This Field Seminar will touch on these topics and give participants a rich understanding of just how unique our relationship is with Canis lupus - not just now, but in the evolutionary past as well.
About the instructor
Joanna Lambert, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has a deep passion for the natural world, resulting in a career spent publishing and teaching about the behavior, ecology, and conservation biology of wild mammals, especially primates and carnivores. Her research has taken her to every continent on the planet, though she has spent the most time (30 years) in equatorial Africa and especially enjoys doing research and teaching in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
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