[UCP Books]: How to Tame a Fox(and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution

Levi Stahl: levi@uchicago.edu / (773) 702 0289 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




“Part science, part Russian fairy tale, and part spy thriller.”

New York Times Book Review



How to Tame a Fox

(and Build a Dog):

Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution


Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut



US Publication: October 23, 2018 Cloth ISBN-13: 978-0-226-59971-7
International Publication: October 30, 2018 $18.00



“Our furry companions evidently descended from wild wolves—resulting from thousands of years of human selection. Nearly 60 years ago Russian researchers Trut and Dmitri Belyaev decided to domesticate wild foxes to learn in detail how the journey from wild beast to household pet happens. They set up their experiment on a farm in Siberia and over the following decades mated the tamest animals from each successive generation. In this book, biologist and science writer Dugatkin and Trut recount this grand experiment. The result: a host of docile foxes and the identification of the genetic underpinnings for their domestication.”

Scientific American

“Dugatkin is a veteran science writer with a knack for turning sprawling subjects into compact, enjoyable narratives. Ms. Trut, now in her 80s, is both a coauthor and a subject of the book, an unusual arrangement. But her intense participation adds a rare degree of intimacy to this science story.”

Wall Street Journal


Lee Alan Dugatkin is an evolutionary biologist and historian of science in the department of biology at the University of Louisville. Lyudmila Trut is a professor of evolutionary genetics at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, in Novosibirsk, Siberia. She has been the lead researcher on the silver fox domestication experiment since 1959


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