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What we’re reading today: The Process of Animal Domestication by Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra

Around the world and at various times over the past millennia, the evolutionary history of domesticated animals has been greatly influenced by the myriad, complex, and varied interactions humans have had with the animals closest to them.

The process of animal domestication represents a broad synthesis of this topic, from the rich biology behind the initial stages of domestication to how the creation of races reflects cultural and societal changes that have impacted the biosphere.

Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra draws from a variety of fields including evolutionary biology, zooarchaeology, ethnology, genetics, developmental biology and evolutionary morphology to bring a fresh perspective to this classic subject.

Relying on various conceptual and technical tools, he examines the natural history of phenotypes and their evolutionary origins.

Presenting case studies involving mammalian, bird, fish, and insect species, he highlights the importance of domestication for understanding evolution, anatomy, ontogeny, and dozens of fundamental biological processes.

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