pets

This week on Weird Animal Questions, we’re focusing on the critters closest to your heart—pets. If we were going to domesticate another species like we did with cats (sorta) and dogs (yeay!), what would be the best candidate?—Charles Martin via Facebook A. We didn’t domesticate the dog so much as the wolf domesticated itself, and...

An owner’s scent activates the parts of a dog‘s brain associated with pleasure, a new brain-imaging study says. Thus, a dog encountering its owner’s smell could feel in some way like a person reacting to the perfume or cologne of a loved one, according to study leader Gregory Berns, a neuroeconomist at Emory University in Atlanta. For his research,...

A couple of months ago we told you how the age of certain wild animals is determined. Since then, some of you wondered about age-related changes in those animals. Now that it’s September, aka World Alzheimer’s Month—Alzheimer’s disease accounts for up to 80 percent of all dementia cases, in which mental abilities decline and impede daily...