Wild genius - domestic fool? Spatial learning abilities of wild and domestic guinea pigs

  title={Wild genius - domestic fool? Spatial learning abilities of wild and domestic guinea pigs},
  author={Lars Lewejohann and Thorsten Pickel and Norbert Sachser and Sylvia Kaiser},
  booktitle={Frontiers in Zoology},
Domestic animals and their wild relatives differ in a wide variety of aspects. The process of domestication of the domestic guinea pig (Cavia aperea f. porcellus), starting at least 4500 years ago, led to changes in the anatomy, physiology, and behaviour compared with their wild relative, the wild cavy, Cavia aperea. Although domestic guinea pigs are widely used as a laboratory animal, learning and memory capabilities are often disregarded as being very scarce. Even less is known about learning… CONTINUE READING
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