Tempo and Mode of Domestication During the Neolithic Revolution: Evidence from Dental Mesowear and Microwear of Sheep
| Contributor(s):: Melissa Zolnierz
The Neolithic Revolution marked a dramatic change in human subsistence practices. In order to explain this change, we must understand the motive forces behind it. Researchers have proposed many different stimuli, with most theories invoking environmental dynamics, human population density...
The Role of Man's Best Friend: Assessing the Cultural Liminality of the Canis Lupus Familiars and Its Influence on Human Societies
| Contributor(s):: Julianne L. D'Amico
This project combines history and folklore to illuminate the concept of liminality and the human-dog relationship as it has evolved since the species domestication. The lore highlights the permanent liminality of the dog, the use of the species as remedies in Folk Medicine, and the dog's...
Animal Cities: Post-Human Urban Wildness
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| Contributor(s):: Jing Huang
This thesis contends that architecture should be designed in a way to foster closer human-animal relationships. Cities are typically designed solely with the human in mind, and over time, animals have been pushed out of the city, decreasing biodiversity. Peoples’ tendency is to separate...
Experimental investigations of the impact of social influence on dog-human interactions
| Contributor(s):: Zsófia Sümegi
There is an increasing scientific agreement that the origin of the domestic dog dates back several tens of thousands of years. In fact, the history of dog is a history of unique behaviour evolutionary process in which they have gradually become adapted to human environment and, as a result,...
Domestication of animals in Harappan culture: a socio−economic study
| Contributor(s):: Sajjan Kumar
Domestication has played an enormous role in the development and progress of mankind and its material culture. In fact, a domesticated animal was the first pride possession of man. The fundamental distinction between domesticated animals and their wild ancestors is that the former, as a result of...
Personhood and companionship among Evenki and their reindeer in Eastern Siberia
| Contributor(s):: Evelyn Landerer
This thesis aims to contribute to our understanding of human-reindeer relations among nomadic hunters and reindeer keepers and is based on a discussion of manifestations of personhood in Siberia. I then relate these to contemporary theories in human-animal relations and argue that in the case of...
Human-Animal Communication in Captive Species: Dogs, Horses, and Whales
| Contributor(s):: Mackenzie K. Kelley
My hopes for this project are to collect and analyze the current research in the field of animal communication. In the first part, my goal is to define animal communication, specifically within human contexts. I will look at how the history of humans and certain species have intertwined to result...
Humanos e não-humanos: o aprendizado de novas sensibilidades e responsabilidades em nossas relações de estimação
| Contributor(s):: Luciana de Sant'Anna Dall'Agnol
A educação e a cultura são processos inerentes e transformadores um ao outro, fazendo com que as mudanças em nossa sociedade exijam uma contínua renovação de conhecimentos e (re) adaptação a um mundo em constante...
Fine dogs the project
| Contributor(s):: Laura Catalina Perilla Suarez
For years, the human animal has called the dog as man's best friend, but what does this honestly refer to? What is the relation of the human animal to the dog? How many years ago did the call begin, domestication? , In my project I will solve these questions, in addition to entering the field...
How has the domestication of dogs impacted native North American culture and way of life?
| Contributor(s):: Mikaela E. Reisman
Dogs, as the only domestic mammal in North America, were a part of the life and culture of the people who migrated to the Americas from Eurasia. Originally domesticated from Eurasian wolves, the uses of dogs expanded once the Native American ancestors spread throughout the continents. I...
Social behavior of domestic dogs and cats as compared to wild canine and feline species : an honors thesis
| Contributor(s):: Anthony W. Rusk
With the help of animal behavioralists, parallels have been drawn between domestic dogs and cats and their wild cousins. In some respects, social behavior in domestic animals has remained similar to characteristics found in wild animals. General observations of social conduct have been examined....
Determining the antiquity of dog origins: canine domestication as a model for the consilience between molecular genetics and archaeology
| Contributor(s):: Michelle Jeanette Raisor
Archaeologists have favored a date of 14,000-15,000 years before present (BP) for canine domestication. However, recent studies of mutations in the mitochondrial DNA sequence by molecular geneticists have implied that dogs were domesticated over 100,000 years ago, which has challenged traditional...
Accommodating the Animal: Domestication in Eighteenth-Century English Literature
| Contributor(s):: Erin Parker
Eighteenth-century English writers imagined domestication as the education of animals, as a mutually beneficial contract between species, as a form of cruelty and exploitation, and as an extension of hospitality. This study analyses how these diverse literary portrayals of domestication intersect...
Animal domestication and vertebrate speciation : a paradigm for the origin of species
| Contributor(s):: Susan Janet Crockford
Heterochrony (changes in developmental rates and/or timing) has been successfully argued as the most significant process in evolution. Heterochronic differences between species are recognized in many vertebrate lineages, including hominids and domesticates. However, the biological mechanism(s)...
Watercraft, People, and Animals: Setting the Stage for the Neolithic Colonization of the Mediterranean Islands of Cyprus and Crete
| Contributor(s):: Katelyn Dibenedetto
One of the most significant developments in human history was the “Neolithic Revolution,” which first began around 11,000 years ago in mainland Southwest Asia. It resulted in not only the economic reorientation from hunting and foraging to herding and farming based on domesticate...
Variation and Plasticity in Equid Behavior: Coevolution and Domestication
| Contributor(s):: Brubaker, Alexali Sienna
Perception of social cues in dogs and humans: A comparative perspective
| Contributor(s):: Rossi, Alejandra
Cognitive bias, personality and arousal in the domestic dog
| Contributor(s):: Melissa Jane Starling
The domestic dog has lived alongside humankind for many thousands of years, and in that time has undergone extensive selective breeding that has altered both morphology and behaviour. Our close relationship with dogs may to some extent be characterised by inter-specific communication, but this...