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Despite the plethora of books about dogs and their breeds, behavior, and training, only a few truly focus on canine natural history and evolution. Adding to this tiny subgenre, Page (science editor, Smithsonianmagazine), prolific author and owner of six dogs, traces the evolutionary tale of man's best friend from the wild wolf to a neonate version we recognize as today's modern dog. He also explains how dogs express such genetic variety; discusses their mental capacity, their trainability, and their social development with humans; and illustrates theories and observations with sketches and pictures of his own dogs. For those unfamiliar with Page's books, reading Page is a bit like listening to a lecture presented by an enthusiastic but rambling speaker who offers numerous anecdotes, quips, and tangents to the actual subject. Yet through the roller coaster of theories, hypotheses, speculations, and personal observations, there is solid science writing that will appeal to general readers. Suitable for medium to large public libraries and large academic libraries.