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Evolution: artificial selection and domestication
Evolution: artificial selection and domestication

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • define the terms ‘artificial selection’ and ‘domestication’ and explain the relationship between artificial and natural selection

  • describe some forms of dwarfism in modern breeds of dogs and explain their relationship to dwarfism in humans and in modern and extinct wild mammals

  • describe some features of the skin, fur, feathers and the shape of the head frequently observed in domesticated livestock

  • outline some major conclusions emerging from the sequencing of the dog genome and outline some current theories about when and where dogs were domesticated

  • explain the functional basis of some of the anatomical changes induced by selective breeding of some modern dog breeds.