UMMS Affiliation

Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology

Publication Date

2020-03-17

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Animal Sciences | Animal Studies | Biology | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Environmental Policy

Abstract

No other animal has a closer mutualistic relationship with humans than the dog (Canis familiaris). Domesticated from the Eurasian grey wolf (Canis lupus), dogs have evolved alongside humans over millennia in a relationship that has transformed dogs and the environments in which humans and dogs have co-inhabited. The story of the dog is the story of recent humanity, in all its biological and cultural complexity. By exploring human-dog-environment interactions throughout time and space, it is possible not only to understand vital elements of global history, but also to critically assess our present-day relationship with the natural world, and to begin to mitigate future global challenges. In this paper, co-authored by researchers from across the natural and social sciences, arts and humanities, we argue that a dog-centric approach provides a new model for future academic enquiry and engagement with both the public and the global environmental agenda.

Keywords

Strategic Development Goals, dog domestication, sustainable development

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© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

DOI of Published Version

10.3390/ani10030502

Source

Sykes N, Beirne P, Horowitz A, Jones I, Kalof L, Karlsson E, King T, Litwak H, McDonald RA, Murphy LJ, Pemberton N, Promislow D, Rowan A, Stahl PW, Tehrani J, Tourigny E, Wynne CDL, Strauss E, Larson G. Humanity's Best Friend: A Dog-Centric Approach to Addressing Global Challenges. Animals (Basel). 2020 Mar 17;10(3):E502. doi: 10.3390/ani10030502. PMID: 32192138. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Animals : an open access journal from MDPI

Comments

Full author list omitted for brevity. For the full list of authors, see article.

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PubMed ID

32192138

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