About The Author

Historically, revolutionary new ideas in science come from the edges - from experienced but unconventional scientists with eclectic backgrounds who are not fully ensconced in the main-stream of a discipline - and this provocative new concept is no different.

Susan Crockford is an evolutionary biologist with a specialty in skeletal taxonomy, paleozoology and vertebrate evolution – and has spent almost 20 years studying the history and evolution of dogs and other domesticates (B.Sc., zoology; Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies; 35 years working in archaeozoology, paleozoology and forensic zoology, see www.pacificid.com).

She has many professional papers published in peer-reviewed academic journals and books [e.g. Crockford, S. and G. Frederick, 2007. Sea ice expansion in the Bering Sea during the Neoglacial: evidence from archaeozoology. The Holocene 17 (6): 699-706 ], and wrote her Ph.D dissertation on the topic presented here (entitled “Animal Domestication and Vertebrate Speciation: A Paradigm for the Origin of Species”). Susan works full-time identifying animal bones for Pacific Identifications Inc., and holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where she teaches a course for Anthropology students on animal domestication and speciation and advises on matters of paleozoology and archaeozoology.


Susan Crockford Ph.D.
Susan on a recent filming trip to Mexico City, with a
female Mexican hairless
named "Guera" who belongs to Gabriel Mestre (see more Xolo pictures on Gabriel's web site by clicking on the link under the picture).

4 March 2007
A new documentary on dog evolution and breed development

Dogs That Changed the World, which Susan participated in filming last summer, is now scheduled to air as a two-part Nature special

Sunday April 22 Part I, 8:00pm ("The Rise of the Dog")
Sunday April 29 Part II 8:00pm ("Dogs by Design")

Interviews with Susan are in both parts and it's narrated by Academy-Award winning actor (for Amadeus) F. Murray Abraham.

See the Nature website for photos & info on viewing via podcast.

Watch for it, you won’t want to miss it .