Explaining Dog Wolf Differences in Utilizing Human Pointing Gestures: Selection for Synergistic Shifts in the Development of Some Social Skills

  title={Explaining Dog Wolf Differences in Utilizing Human Pointing Gestures: Selection for Synergistic Shifts in the Development of Some Social Skills},
  author={M{\'a}rta G{\'a}csi and Borb{\'a}la Gyo{\"o}ri and Zsofia Viranyi and Enikő Kubinyi and Friederike Range and Beatrix Bel{\'e}nyi and {\'A}d{\'a}m Mikl{\'o}si},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Background The comparison of human related communication skills of socialized canids may help to understand the evolution and the epigenesis of gesture comprehension in humans. To reconcile previously contradicting views on the origin of dogs' outstanding performance in utilizing human gestures, we suggest that dog-wolf differences should be studied in a more complex way. Methodology/Principal Findings We present data both on the performance and the behaviour of dogs and wolves of different… 

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