Or: “How humans teamed up with canines to send the Neanderthals into extinction”.
OK, I haven’t actually read the book nor any of the articles about this new concept but after my parents summarized the content of the theory I had to think…it took y’all this long to figure this out? I mean it’s been a 40 thousand years or so! What have you been doing all that time? I’m not bragging but if I had that much time I certainly would have come up with something a little more elaborate and insightful. With that said, I still think it is worth checking it out. I mean, for a person, this woman was pretty clever to come up with this idea.
“Consider the whites of our eyes, she* states. The wolf possesses white sclera as does Homo sapiens though, crucially, it is the only primate that has them.”
This reminds me of some other experiments people have done to show how clever us dogs are at interpreting signals from humans – visual or auditory. In one study, people hid a treat and asked us to find it among a number of different possibilities. They did help out by establishing eye contact with us and then glancing where the treat was hidden. We got it right almost every time…presumably they did something to disguise the smell since we can sniff things out like nobody.
This is a video of that experiment (starting at around 3:20):
(or a longer version of the same studies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4mTgXkIVwg)
And an article from The New Yorker that describes our smelling aptitude (not to mention our incredible work ethic):
There is also a newer study showing we can follow auditory directions pretty good as well.
I hope this post doesn’t come across sounding egotistical or self-congratulatory but I just think it is about time you all thanked us for getting rid of those pesky Neanderthals.
If you are interested in the book you can order it from Amazon:
Otherwise you can take a few moments to skim these articles to get some more details:
Sorry about all the reading assignments 🙂
However, if this just whetted your appetite…something I am very familiar with…then there is this book:
The Genius of Dogs by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods