Dogs have long been dependable companions by our sides. But it wasn’t always that way-and a look at their closest living relative, the wolf, makes it clear why. Researchers reveal how humans tamed fearsome canines over tens of thousands of years, and how modern dog intelligence and behaviors have made them indispensable companions.
Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd.
For thousands of years, wolves hunted buffalo across the vast North American plains, until the westward settlement of the continent saw the virtual extinction of these vast herds and their eternal predators.
Examine dogs’ roles as guard, hunter, herder, hauler and spiritual protector, as well as theories about the wolf’s evolutionary leap. Swedish geneticist Peter Savolainen’s analysis of DNA from breeds around the world points to a single origin in East Asia thousands of years ago.