|Pages/Publication Date:||304 / 2019|
How did wolves evolve into dogs? When did this happen, and what role did humans play? Using a wide array of modern technologies, Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes explores the canine genetic journey that likely began thousands of years ago when a human child decided to adopt a wolf cub. In the process, Sykes discovered that only a handful of genes have created the huge range of shapes, sizes, and colors in modern dogs. Illustrated with 20 photographs, Sykes's thought-provoking homage to man's best friend delves into how our own evolution was enhanced by this most unlikely ally, and seeks an answer to the most fundamental question of all, "Why do we love our dog so much?"