Halloween is often associated with many iconic, spooky animals. From spiders, to black cats, ravens, werewolves and vampire bats, innocent creatures seem to get a bad rep for the fear they instill in humans. But are the animals really all that spooky?
New research from the University College Dublin shows Cows were domesticated in stages and far more selectively than previous research indicated. DNA analysis indicates ancient British farmers restocked their domesticated herds with still-wild ox specimens called aurochs that grazed throughout areas of Europe, Asia and North Africa.
A detailed genetic analysis suggests that Central Asia was home to the world’s first domesticated dog.
Cats may be more receptive to human emotions than we given them credit for, say researchers from Oakland University.
The last two circus lions of Bulgaria are finally free. The Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA have announced that Jora and Black, an inseparable pair of rescued lions, have completed a 10,500 mile journey to find a new home and new freedoms on the spacious plains of Africa.
As a result of domestication, some animals have evolved differently. Scientists believe this is related to their reduced fear of humans and adapting to a tamer lifestyle.
It's no secret that cats are picky pets. They can be perfectly content with you stroking their soft fur and then suddenly WHAMMO! you get a paw full of claws to the hand. Of course, the temperament of your furry friend influences if and when this happens, but researchers at the University of Lincoln decided to investigate if there is a surefire way to "properly" pet your cat.
You may think it's funny to trick a "dumb dog," by pretending to throw a ball or pointing him in the wrong direction, but Fido is on to you. A new study has determined that man's best friend can quickly learn if a person is untrustworthy, and may even start ignoring them entirely.
Fossil samples that were once thought to have been the earliest dogs have been reanalyzed, and now researchers are saying that they were just wolves. This pushes the tentative time of canine domestication forward to less than 10,000 years ago.
Researchers have recently cracked the code on the modern horse's genomic sequence, unveiling what genes our ancestors were selecting for in these beasts of burden for the last 5,500 years. This work also reveals what kind of genetic variation was lost along the way, leading to the inevitable disappearance of wild horses that we see today.
Compared to their wild ancestors, domesticated animals are cuter and tamer, and researchers behind a new study propose that a type of embryonic stem cell is the reason why breeding for tameness causes changes in such diverse traits.