We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

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  • Published on:  9/11/2018
  • This week, we meet the very cute and very bizarre result of an almost 60-year-long experiment: they’re foxes that have been specially bred for their dog-like friendliness toward people. We do a little behavior research of our own, and discover what scientists continue to learn from the world’s most famous experiment in domestication. The fox experiment continues under the supervision of Lyudmila Trut at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics. Her book “How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)”, co-authored by Lee Alan Dugatkin, details the history and science behind the experiment.

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  • Verge Science (Sep 11, 2018)

    Should we be domesticating wild animals?

  • Harper Ant (Feb 2, 2019)

    no

  • Hasven the Man (Jan 26, 2019)

    HELL NAW

  • Mutantcy1992 (Sep 17, 2018)

    Time to domesticate humans

  • Mutantcy1992 300th comment thots

  • Taste (Jan 24, 2019)

    God: *Creates an ecosystem of multiple dangerous creatures chasing each other*Humans: *TURN ALL OF THEM INTO PETTING BOIS*

  • Andrew (2 days ago)

    there is not god animals evolve the same way we selectively evolved these fox dogos

  • S. S. (Feb 3, 2019)

    Will there ever be hyper-social cats?

  • No one Nowhere (29 minutes ago)

    They already exist. It's called a Lion.

  • Hindu Goat (1 day ago)

    theres 2 ways I can think of to make hyper social cats.You can either use selective breeding or genetic manipulation

  • budemawa (Dec 30, 2018)

    furries: *heavy breathing*

  • Dev_Jake167 (1 day ago)

    Non furries: .-.

  • Devils 19 (Jan 29, 2019)

    The one Russian experiment that isn’t terrifying

  • ewok999999 (1 day ago)

    Actually all the foxes were being bred for their furs, but weren't very nice and to stressed to breed in captivity. So they bought in Belyaev to figure out a way to make better/easier foxes to kill....

  • TwoSteps ToHeaven (2 days ago)

    10 years later the US will be invaded by communist, hyper intelligent foxes

  • "They greet and move on."So they took foxes and made cats, seems like progress, I guess

  • Ashton Nichols (Feb 9, 2019)

    Also foxes are capable of being social, they just don't have much of a pecking order.

  • Ashton Nichols (Feb 9, 2019)

    More of a combination of the two, they can act just like any dog, but be nearly impossible to train.

  • Ω † GamerX † Ω (Jan 2, 2019)

    *3018* : World's first domesticated Alien!

  • Ironbolt (2 days ago)

    4018: World's first human domesticated by aliens!

  • Frostined (6 days ago)

    +its cool though How is it possible to land on a planet made of gas?

  • Shoshitake Takeyani (Jan 10, 2019)

    But Foxes aren't like Wolves. Wolves are pack animals & Foxes are solitary animals, like cats. So you'll end up with an exotic feline in a Vulpix body. You can't make an animal something it's not, but you can improve on what it lacks

  • Milan xDD (Dec 27, 2018)

    6:16 weird flex but ok

  • ChromeThunder2401 (5 days ago)

    He vapes and separated his trash