Sled dogs are closely related to 9,500-year-old ‘ancient dog’

Sled dogs (stock image).Credit: © murmakova / stock.adobe.com Sledge dogs are much older and have adapted to Arctic conditions much earlier than previously thought. In a new study from the QIMMEQ project, researchers from the University of Copenhagen show that ancestors of modern sledge dogs have worked and lived with humans for over 9,500 years.advertisement […]

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Dogs process numerical quantities in similar brain region as humans

Dog and chalkboard addition (stock image).Credit: © jivimages / Adobe Stock Dogs spontaneously process basic numerical quantities, using a distinct part of their brains that corresponds closely to number-responsive neural regions in humans, finds a study at Emory University.advertisement Biology Letters published the results, which suggest that a common neural mechanism has been deeply conserved across mammalian […]

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Early-life exposure to dogs may lessen risk of developing schizophrenia

Child with dog (stock image).Credit: © melounix / Adobe Stock Ever since humans domesticated the dog, the faithful, obedient and protective animal has provided its owner with companionship and emotional well-being. Now, a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that being around “man’s best friend” from an early age may have a health benefit as well […]

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