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The wolf in the parlor [sound recording] : the eternal connection between humans
Franklin, Jon.
Adult Fiction SF433 .F73 2009b

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Franklin (Molecules of the Mind) draws on a slew of disciplines-evolutionary theory, zooarcheology, behavioral science, ethnology, bio-philosophy and keen firsthand observation-to formulate a challenging but enticingly plausible theory about the psychological leash binding humans and canines. His thesis: beginning about 12,000 years ago, as wild wolves evolved into "follower wolves" and were subsequently domesticated by early man, a kind of mind meld occurred. As this neurological attachment took shape, the dog shed 20% of its brain mass because, biologically, humans had "agreed to do its thinking" for it, while mankind lost 10% of its brain mass because dogs became "our beast of emotional burden." Franklin buttresses his inventive assertion with a combination of absorbingly loquacious ruminations on the behavior of his own dog, Charlie, and a rigorous compilation of scientific facts rooted in a decade of study about the nature of wolves and dogs. As concepts of the canine go, Franklin's is notably audacious. And among a plethora of books on breeding, disciplining, loving and lamenting the loss of man's best friend, this thoughtful discourse is a best of breed. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Pulitzer Prize-winning science reporter Franklin (The Molecules of the Mind) offers an original and interesting blend of memoir and science, a kind of scientific Marley & Me penned by the likes of Stephen Hawking. After Franklin's wife persuaded him to acquire a standard poodle, which they named Charlie, his curiosity about dogs was triggered, launching him on a ten-year research project into the origins of the modern canine-human bond. He was surprised to discover that while much is known about the origins of others species, the dog's roots are elusive. With Charlie as his guide, Franklin slowly uncovered the mysteries of the human-animal bond and learned a thing or two about himself along the way. Verdict Franklin does an exceptional job of telling the story of canine evolution, and his book will appeal to both students of animal behavior and dog lovers. Readers will see their own dog's behaviors mirrored in the activities of Charlie and his canine ancestors. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/09.]-Edell M. Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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