Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History

New discoveries of early domestic dogs in Israel and Germany, beginning more than 14,000 years ago, push back their first arrival in the fossil record and provide tantalizing evidence that China, not Europe or the Middle East, was the center of first domestication.

Canids are the most widely spread living carnivores in the world and, in some continents, the dominant predators. This book captures the excitement of recent advances in understanding the natural history of this family or carnivores and provides an unprecedented visual reference for specialists as well as general readers.