NEXT ON NOVA: "DOGS AND MORE DOGS"
Broadcast: February 3, 2004
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From the huskies of the frozen North to the basenjis of the Congo
River basin and the golden retrievers in America's backyards, dogs
have carved a niche for themselves in every human society. How did
this unique relationship develop? What can the latest breakthroughs
in genetics tell us about the secrets of dog origins and breeding?
And can dog sociologists and psychiatrists unravel the puzzling,
lovable, and often maddening quirks of dog behavior? Despite such
variation, all domestic dogs, as well as their common ancestor, the
gray wolf, have virtually identical genes. How can science explain
the incredible diversity of breeds? In "Dogs," NOVA launches an
entertaining and affectionate search for the secrets of dog
variation and behavior.
Here's what you'll find online:
Inquiry and Article
A Potpourri of Pooches
How come dogs, alone among Earth's species, come in so many
shapes and sizes?
The Truth About Dogs
In this excerpt from his book, Stephen Budiansky explains why
he feels dogs have got us exactly where they want us.
Slide Show and Interactive
Sniffing out termites, aiding search-and-rescue missions,
locating land mines -- the tasks dogs perform are remarkably
Dogs Around the World
Match 14 dogs to the environment they were bred for, from the
rugged mountains of Argentina to the Australian outback.
Also, Links and Books, a video preview of the program, the program
transcript, and a teacher's guide.
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