Study Reveals How Dogs Hijacked Our Hearts and Wallets

Dogs were first domesticated by European hunter-gatherers, resulting in the only animal that looks you straight in the eye, wiggles its eyebrows and asks for help

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MAN'S BEST FRIEND: Humans are suckers for paedomorphism — the big-eyed infantile look — and some dogs truly have the knack.
MAN'S BEST FRIEND: Humans are suckers for paedomorphism — the big-eyed infantile look — and some dogs truly have the knack.Credit: Fabrice Lerouge / AFP
Ruth Schuster
Ruth Schuster
When humans communicate with dogs, levels of the so-called “love hormone” oxytocin rise in both person and pooch.Credit: ALEX_UGALEK / Shutterstock.com
Tibetan mastiffs. “Dogs, but not wolves, establish eye contact with humans when they cannot solve a problem on their own,” writes the team.Credit: Li ming / Imaginechina / AFP

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