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.