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ShipmanDr. Pat Shipman (Pennsylvania State University) gave a lecture today on "Dogs and People and Dingoes." This was a fascinating presentation of human-canid coevolution and interaction, the domestication process, the global spread of Homo sapiens into Europe and Australia and the role canids played (and did not play) in the unfolding of those events. One of Dr. Shipman's ideas is that dogs provided anatomically modern humans a hunting advantage over the archaic humans they encountered, and may have contributed to the disappearance of Neanderthals, as described in her book The Invaders.

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