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Foxes Domesticated First Time Since Ancient Times
28.07.2011 10:30
Foxes Domesticated  First Time Since Ancient Times

Scientists from Novosibirsk successfully reproduced a great biological experiment of ancient human beings – animal domestication.

Modern science allowed domestication to be much faster than in ancient times. What took ancient people thousands of years is achievable in 50 years, scientists from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics (Siberian branch of Russian academy of sciences) say.

Only 50 years appeared to be enough for wild foxes to forget their aggressive nature and to greet human beings with happy fawning. Tame foxes like stroking and do not bite, when one holds them in hands.

The secret of domestication, according to researchers from Novosibirsk, is in selection of foxes, which are less aggressive and wild towards humans.

Source: RIA-Novosti





Author: Anna Kizilova

Tags: biology ecology Russian academy of sciences Russian genetics  

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