Canada's Animal Figurine Website
MaggieandJiggs miniature figurines offer one of the widest selections of hand painted table top Animal Figurines ideal for collectors.
These replicas include Dog Breeds, Cat Types, Farm and Wild Animals from around the World.
Our objective is to offer Canadian animal lovers lifelike copies of the numerous
types of animals which inhabit the various regions of earth and, through our Maggie and Jiggs facebook page,
educate people on the variety of species and the problems being faced by many of them, mainly due
to the intrusion of the human race into and destroying their environment. The more that our younger
generations learn about the types of animals that they share the earth's surface with, the more they will learn to respect
these beautiful specimens and help to protect the environment that is necessary for them to survive.
These Figurines make excellent inexpensive gifts for animal lovers; click on the section you are interested in at
the top of the page and make your choice from the wide choice of animal figurines.
(reprinted from Smithsonian.com)
The original date range put dogs’ domestication around the time humans started agriculture, reports Pallab Ghosh for BBC News. He ask a researcher involved in the new study, Love Dalén of the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, what the new date means for how the bond between humans and dogs formed.
"One scenario is that wolves started following humans around and domesticated themselves," Dalén told BBC News. "Another is that early humans simply caught wolf cubs and kept them as pets and this gradually led to these wild wolves being domesticated. If this model is correct then dogs were domesticated by hunter gatherers that led a fairly nomadic lifestyle."
Ghosh also spoke to Greger Larsen of Oxford University, who is studying the origin of dogs by analyzing skulls and teeth from around the world. Larsen explained how previous research may have missed this earlier date in dogs’ evolution:
Larsen says that the archaeological evidence is biased towards the later stages of dog evolution because dogs probably didn't start looking like dogs as we know them until relatively recently.
However, he believes the process was a continuous one, so much so that he has banned the use of the words "dog" and "wolf" in his lab.
Further evidence of that muddling remains in modern day Siberian Huskies and Greenland sled dogs. They share a large number of genes with the extinct Taimyr wolves, because that ancient lineage apparently interbred with more domesticated dogs to give rise to those Arctic breeds. The line between wolves and dogs was also blurred throughout the domestication process as animals from the wolf and dog lineages occasionally bred (something they still do today).
Still, despite this mixing with their wild cousins, dogs on the whole remain considerably more domesticated than cats. But most people could have guessed that fact, even without science to back