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The First Domestication: How Wolves and Humans Coevolved

Raymond Pierotti and Brandy R Fogg


This book changes the narrative about how wolves became dogs and in turn, humanity's best friend. Rather than describe how people mastered and tamed an aggressive, dangerous species, the authors describe coevolution and mutualism. Wolves, particularly ones shunned by their packs, most likely initiated the relationship with Paleolithic humans, forming bonds built on mutually recognized skills and emotional capacity. This interdisciplinary study draws on sources from evolutionary biology as well as tribal and indigenous histories to produce an intelligent, insightful, and often unexpected story ... More

Keywords: coevolution, mutualism, wolves, Paleolithic humans, evolutionary biology, cooperative hunting, human evolution, animal behavior, canine domestication, dogs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300226164
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300226164.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raymond Pierotti, author
University of Kansas

Brandy R Fogg, author
University of Kansas