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March-April 1999 Volume 87, Number 2

Close bonding between a pet and its owner is one of the rewards of animal domestication. Over the course of a remarkable 40-year experiment in Siberia, such bonds have formed between the experimenters and foxes they have raised in domestic conditions. ...


FEATURE ARTICLES

Early Canid Domestication: The Farm-Fox Experiment

Lyudmila Trut

Foxes bred for tamability in a 40-year experiment exhibit remarkable transformations that suggest an interplay between behavioral genetics and development


Walking on Water *

Robert Suter

Fishing spiders move over water in ways that appear perplexing, yet the mechanics of their locomotion yield readily to experimental analysis


Mantle Plumes and Mountains *

J. Brendan Murphy,George H. Brimhall,Jr., Gary Oppliger, Andrew Hynes

The progress of southwestern North America across a plume may demonstrate a previously overlooked form of mountain building


The Evolution of Hemoglobin *

Ross Hardison

Studies of a very ancient protein suggest that changes in gene regulation are an important part of the evolutionary story


The Gestural Origins of Language

Michael Corballis

Human language may have evolved from manual gestures, which survive today as a "behavioral fossil" coupled to speech


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SCIENTISTS’ BOOKSHELF

Fights to Remember

Thomas Isenhour

A review of Great Feuds in Science: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever, by Hal Hellman.

See all book reviews for this issue.


DEPARTMENTS

COMPUTING SCIENCE

The Web of Words

Brian Hayes

Viewing language as a mathematical graph

MACROSCOPE

Discovery-Based Discourse

Byron H. Waksman

Sixty seventh-graders try on a scientist's shoes

MARGINALIA

Transits, Travels and Tribulations, V

J. Donald Fernie

More on the 18th-century transits of Venus

ENGINEERING

Down Under *

Henry Petroski

A visit to Auckland and Sydney

SCIENCE OBSERVER

Some Levity in Physics

David Schneider

Diamagnetism and floating frogs

Electromagnetic Alchemy

Daniel B. Radov

Photonic chemistry and artificial molecules

FROM THE PRESIDENT


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