Canine Conundrum: How Dog Became Man’s Best Friend

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Dogs were the first animals to be domesticated, but scientists have long debated precisely how—and when—it happened. With archaeological records and genetic research leading to different hypotheses, are we any closer to understanding how dog became man’s best friend? Mark Derr, author of How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends, and Greger Larson, an evolutionary biologist, join Ira to discuss.

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Mark Derr

Mark Derr is the author of How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends (Overlook Press, 2011). He’s based in Miami Beach, Florida.

Greger Larson

Greger Larson is director of the Palaeogenomics and Bio-Archaeology Research Network and a professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.

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