Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: How Dogs Became Our Best Friends: The Genetics of Dog Domestication

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar with Paleogeneticist Audrey Lin aired April 15, 2021, as part of the "HOT (Human Origins Today) Topic" series. Watch a recording in the player above.


The bond between you and your pandemic puppy might be new, but the bond between humans and dogs goes way back! Dogs were the first animals to be domesticated — yet the where, when, how, and why are hotly debated. Dr. Audrey Lin, a paleogeneticist and Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, shares her research on the prehistory of human’s best friends.

Moderator: Briana Pobiner, paleoanthropologist and educator at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. 

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