From Domestication to Inbreeding: Population Genetics and Companion Animals
Part Three of the Genetics for the Behavior Consultant series. How does evolution work and what do we know about how domesticated animals evolved, particularly those highly studied dogs? How do we learn about evolutionary changes that happened thousands of years ago, before recorded history? How do new traits, like new coat colors, spread through populations? And what does all this mean for how we breed domesticated animals today?
This course will help you:
- Evolutionary theory, especially as applied to questions about domesticated animals
- How traits like coat color or different behaviors spread through an animal population?
- How, when, where, and why did animal domestication occur? What does recent research tell us (particularly about dog domestication)?
- How do population genetics approaches help us understand the health of breeds of animals?
- "Genomic selection," a new technique that could help us breed healthier animals