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Mutual Changlings Introduction: Evolution occurs due to changes in the environment such as the introduction of new species of organisms

or the development of a relationship between two species which could lead to a symbiotic relationship where both species evolve together. This is called co-evolution or in other words, as one species changes, the other species will also in order to adapt. There are a diverse amount of examples of co-evolution between many different species; however, the most interesting, in my opinion, and well known coevolutionary affiliation is through the relationship between dogs and humans. Australian Aborigines once said “dogs make us human” which could be literally true , and vice versa. An argument backed by Edward R.B. McCabe in his 2009 presidential address for the Evolution, Co-evolution, and the American Society of Human Genetics summarizes “that dogs and humans coevolved. As dogs evolved from wolves, they changed genetically. Humans showed changes at approximately the same time that are similar to those seen in domesticated animals.” Briefly, as Mark Derr, a popular American author and journalist noted for his books on dogs, likes to say, when dogs and humans met, they immediately began walking down the same path. Although it is true that the coevolution of dogs and humans involved more the dogs evolving genetically and phenotypically, over a course of centuries humans have deeply interwove dogs into their culture and economy. During his recent lecture during the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics: Dog + Human Co-Evolution program, Derr retold an old Native American folktale of the “dog children”. To paraphrase the story, there had once a dog who could turn into a man. One night, he lay with a girl and months later she gave birth to eleven pups, five male and six female. Now, these pups akin to their father could change into human children also. One night when they had removed their canine skins and were dancing and singing around the fire, their mother tossed all of their skins into the fire save for one. Thus, ten of the pups remained human children and one remained as a dog. Even though this would be an interesting explanation for the co-evolution between humans and dogs, in reality, this partnership probably has been evolving over millions of years. An example of one of the co-evolutionary benefits dogs provide

urinate on spots to mark them as territory. For instance. which individuals have touched it. And not just each object – different parts of the same object may hold different types of information. revealing the dog’s acute sense of smell that benefits humans in the human-canine co-evolutionary relationship. One recent study. which the Dog Nose Knows project allowed humans to experience via a clever card game. from 2005.” said Columbia University. obedience.e. The dog’s nose even allows for the dog to understand the passage of time by the change in strength and character of the scent. UCLA’s Institue for Society and Genetics held a workshop beautifully demonstrating the different perceptual worlds (or umwelt) of dogs and humans.humans is a more distinguished sense of smell. and challenge other players to “duels”. The Dog Nose Knows (DKN) project was conceptualized by the UCLA Design│Media Arts Professor Victoria Vesna and Columbia neuroscientist Siddharth Ramakrishnan and was designed by Adeline Said Drucker. The fallen sons of Eve. The DKN project offers humans a glimpse into the highly detailed world of a dog. Each scent tells the dog which insects it has been visited by. Alexandra Horowitz. showed that dogs may be able to detect subtle differences in odor from one footstep to the next as they follow a human’s scent trail (Hepper & Wells). picture a flower. and social hierarchy) by using their “nose” to sniff out hazardous scents. Dog’s Primary Sense: “They haven’t got no noses. The DKN project creates the scent-based world of a dog for humans to experience. “imagine the scent-based world of a dog…look around and imagine that everything you see has its own individual scent. Drucker created a “sniffing booth” game that allowed players to become canine as they experienced real aspects of a dog’s life (i. New York dog-cognition researcher. also known as rock-paper-scissor mini-matches.” (Reference). where each petal has a different scent. territorialism. Even the smell of roses . and so on. The Umwelt of Dogs: On February 2011. Close your eyes and “imagine.

Correct identification occurred in up to sixty percent success rates for eight-weekold scents. a fold of tissue just inside their nostril helps to separate their olfaction and respiration leading to a higher concentration of odor in the nasal passages. texture. etc. examination of the large surface area of the canine nasal passages lends higher efficacy in heat. depth.from “The Song of the Quoodle. In addition. This then allows them to locate the source of the smell. Also. Since dogs can wiggle their noses independently and that the reach of each of their nostrils is smaller than the distance between the nostrils they can decide which nostril an odor arrived in. experience much of their world through their nose. moisture. Dogs. allowing for higher sensitivity to smell compared to humans. But more than mind discloses And more than men believe. note that this phenomenon also allows for some dogs to track or find objects or people. the cone and rod receptors in the retina of their eyes that allow them to see in both color and black/white vision. In a task called the ageing crime scene identification (Ramakrishnan).Is not what they supposes. dogs also have a secondary olfactory capability made possible by their vomeronasal organ. Chesterton Humans are predominantly visual creatures with their short noses.” G. In conjunction to the above. dogs were asked to identify certain people after varying lengths of time. and odor transfer. When we inhale. In some cases. Dogs have 220 million olfactory receptors in their nose versus the five million in humans. researchers even used seven-year-old scents that also lead to positive identification. and the highly developed complexity of their brains that allow them to analyze distance. accordion-like passages inside the dog’s head provides more time for the odor to be computed (identified). making their smell about a thousand times better than humans. on the other hand. Jacobson’s organ.” -.K. thus. dog’s noses function quite differently from our own. however when dogs inhale. Although we are still not able to fully understand exactly how they experience the world around us (Ramakrishnan). shape. we smell and breath through the same airways within our nose. is located in the bottom of a .

and using scent aides in the recollection of traumatic memories in patients undergoing therapy. In two synapses. aromatic socks. Tolaas is trying to create awareness about the essential part scents play in our livelihoods. Scents are a very integral piece of information in memories. Sissel Tolaas. finding injured people in natural accidents.000 smells including the smell of her daughter at different ages. With every breath. our skin smells” (Tolaas). track game and criminals…find humans trapped under . a conceptual fragrance project with leading fashion photographer Nick Knight. Tolaas has created an archive of over 7. we smell. animal feces. and life in general. truffles. Since she became immersed in the study and research of scents. the sense of smell is an important part of our daily lives. one triggers a memory that was stored in the subconscious. Even when we sleep.000 times per day. keeping vermin and pests away.dog’s nasal passage. scent curator. Our kidneys smell. Obviously. Using her discoveries and knowledge on the complexities of smells. dogs have helped humans with hunting. relationships (such as our human-dog co-evolution). and other scents. she has worked on projects such as educating children about pollution. researcher. She believes in both enhancing and manipulating our personal perfumes and that the scents of the future will evolve from present scents which are too much caught up in a perfume craze. For instance: “Smell and memory have a strong link. serving the military and police. the chemical unique to each animal species that advertises mating readiness and other sex-related details. we inhale smell molecules – information about our surroundings. This particular organ picks up pheromones. and provided companionship. we move 12. “Dogs are used to detect landmines in war zones. Dogs and humans have partnered in order to achieve harrowing feats. We breath up to 24. assisting the disabled. and so on.7 meters of air. The Working Dog: Through their highly evolved sense of smell. and “professional provocateur” (NOWNESS) currently explores the aromatic potential of bacteria in her ongoing investigation into the most mysterious and evocative of our senses.

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