Crag in the Media

Animal domestication by Miguel Pérez-Enciso

Two interviews to Miguel Pérez-Enciso tackling both human and animal domestication processes and consequences

ICREA researcher at CRAG Miguel Pérez-Enciso has been recently interviewed on animal domestication by two media that are part of the Spanish public radio and television corporation (Radiotelevisión Española, RTVE).

Strolling through the Collserola Park in Barcelona, biologist and science communicator Evelyn Segura asks Miguel what is the domestication syndrome and whether all animals can be domesticated. As part of the ¡Qué animal! programme broadcasted on the major Spanish TV channel La 2, Miguel and Evelyn converse about what consequences has domestication had for humans while walking along the woods, a place from where many domesticated animals come from.

Modern humans have domesticated ourselves in a process that has led us to be less aggressive and more cooperative than our ancestors. In parallel, we have domesticated fierce beasts like wolves to the point of turning them into docile animals like dogs. In a radio interview by journalist Cristina Hernández as part of the Wonderland - La taula del Rei Salomó programme on the Catalan station Ràdio 4, she and Miguel discuss what has domestication meat to humanity, both ours and that of many animals, and why did we start the domestication process.

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