Fox Talk: How Some Very Special Animals Helped Scientists Understand Communication

Hardcover | August 8, 2013

byL. E. Carmichael

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When you talk to a dog does the dog talk back?

Many people think so. But for a long time, scientists didn’t know how our furry friends learned to communicate with people.

Luckily, Russian scientist Dmitri Belyaev had a plan. If he could tame wild red foxes, he could learn how dogs first came from wolves. By studying the way these foxes changed during domestication, the mystery of communication would be solved at last.

More than 50 years after the experiment began, Belyaev’s foxes have become so tame, you can have one as a pet! Packed with eye-popping photos and first-hand research FOX TALK reveals the story of these amazing animals… and everything they’ve taught us about wolves, dogs, and communication.

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When you talk to a dog does the dog talk back? Many people think so. But for a long time, scientists didn’t know how our furry friends learned to communicate with people. Luckily, Russian scientist Dmitri Belyaev had a plan. If he could tame wild red foxes, he could learn how dogs first came from wolves. By studying the way these foxes...

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“This is exactly the kind of book I love to read. It will appeal to anyone who wants to understand how and why.”– Joan Marie Galat | author, Dot to Dot in the Sky series“For kids who love animals, and want to know more about what makes wild animals wild, and pets pets – and about people’s relationships with both – this book is a winner...

Lindsey Carmichael never outgrew that stage of childhood when nothing's more fun than amazing your friends (and correcting your teachers!) with your stockpile of weird and wonderful facts. Her sense of wonder came in handy during her career as a scientist, and in 2006, she received the Governor General's Medal for her PhD thesis, Ecolo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:62 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.31 inPublished:August 8, 2013Publisher:ConsignmentLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0988163853

ISBN - 13:9780988163850

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now, this is what the fox says! I bought this book for my nephews, ages 7 and 4, and they love it. When we go on walks in the ravine behind their house, it is fun to watch the younger one trying the 'communication' experiment with all the dogs we pass. They love reading science books and this is one of the best ones I've found. The language is perfect for them, though I know older kids would enjoy it, too. Excellent read!
Date published: 2014-12-09