Friday, May 25, 2012

More on Shipman's dog/human/neandertal hypothesis

This article in the New York Times discusses Shipman's hypothesis that dog domestication was a critical component of modern human success (see my previous post below). The author, James Gorman, interviewed Greger Larson, who says, more or less, what I said in my post: It's a really interesting theory, but depends on evidence for early dog domestication, which so far we just don't have.

Larson cited a paper I had not seen yet, in press at JAS, by Crockford and Kuzmin, that is critical of the Belgian evidence for dog domestication. It looks like their argument is a more thoroughly argued and better documented version of mine: the Belgian "dogs" could be part of the natural variation within wolf species.

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