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'Big, Bad Wolf' Image Flawed -- Scientists Say

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:35 PM by chloe owens

10/16/17, by Helen Briggs, BBC

‘Big, bad wolf’ image flawed – scientists say

In tests of cooperation skills, wolves outperformed their domesticated relatives. Scientists say the findings challenge assumptions about how dogs were tamed from wolves and came to live alongside humans. Previous evidence has suggested that the domestication process may have given dogs a more tolerant temperament…To test whether cooperation comes naturally to wolves and dogs, scientists carried out a classic behaviour experiment…Dr Marshall-Pescini of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna said wolves "did pretty well" at the task, performing on a par with chimpanzees.