Diet-driven behavioral differences in subspecies

Diet Shaped Dog Domestication by Elizabeth Pennisi on 23 January 2013, 1:17 PM

Excerpt: “…dogs have evolved to eat a more varied diet than their wolf ancestors. The shift parallels genetic changes seen in people and bolsters the idea that dogs and humans share similar evolutionary stories.”

My comment to the Science site:

A Comparison of the Sensory Development of Wolves (Canis lupus lupus) and Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) — Lord (2013), attributes differences in social behavior in these two subspecies to odor associations made during the first two weeks of life in wolf pups. The connection from the diet of wolves to pheromone production and socialization should be fairly clear in the context of nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled reproduction.

That’s why I enjoyed reading this: “The shift parallels genetic changes seen in people and bolsters the idea that dogs and humans share similar evolutionary stories.” My enjoyment comes from the fact that I’ve already detailed the concept of nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled species divergence via the molecular mechanisms that are common to species from microbes to man. Clearly, this diet-driven difference between wolves and dogs brings us closer to recognizing that the evolutionary continuum of ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive adaptive evolution is nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled.

See for example: Human pheromones and food odors: epigenetic influences on the socioaffective nature of evolved behaviors. — Kohl (2012)

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James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society