Meanwhile in Siberia. Since 1959, the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Russia has been running an experiment to recreate the process of domestication, in o i know half of You said tl dr
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Meanwhile in Siberia

 
Meanwhile in Siberia. Since 1959, the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Russia has been running an experiment to recreate the process of domestication, in o

Since 1959, the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Russia has been running an experiment to recreate the process of domestication, in order to see if there are genes specifically geared towards domestication factors (ie: retention of juvenile morphological and behavioral traits, dampened aggression, obedience to humans). What humanity has accomplished with dogs over thousands of years, Soviet scientist Dmitri Belyaev sought to accomplish in one human generation.

So far, the program has come close (the foxes are 'emotional' and seek out human companionship, play, etc), but they still lack the inherent obedience that domesticated dogs possess. The program is in financial trouble, but Lyudmila Trut and her staff soldier on.

Edit: Baby foxes are called kits, not pups...yes, OP ****** up

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesticated_silver_fox - Because you knew that was coming
www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/03/domesticated_foxes_in_siberia_an_experiment_in_peril_.html - Fantastic article about the financial troubles plaguing the program
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#11 - Jesusnipples (03/01/2013) [-]
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User avatar #220 to #11 - snakefire (03/01/2013) [-]
That fox seems to be missing a tail
#228 to #220 - Jesusnipples (03/01/2013) [-]
Can't tell if unobservant or making a dick joke
#229 to #228 - snakefire (03/01/2013) [-]
Neither actually.
User avatar #230 to #229 - Jesusnipples (03/01/2013) [-]
I am confus

have a good day
#231 to #230 - snakefire (03/01/2013) [-]
The fox was spinning its tail around


tails the fox has two tails, and spins them like helicopter blades to fly
User avatar #232 to #231 - Jesusnipples (03/01/2013) [-]
Oh. **** .
I geddit nao.
#1 - manazetsugi (02/28/2013) [-]
**manazetsugi rolled a random image posted in comment #35 at well there's an idea... ** ..lol
#14 to #1 - herpdederpderp (03/01/2013) [-]
How appropriate
User avatar #2 to #1 - HypomanDan (02/28/2013) [-]
good roll
#6 to #1 - iamtheblackgoat (02/28/2013) [-]
That roll...
User avatar #17 to #1 - divinecreator (03/01/2013) [-]
wow best roll possible : the evolution of a fox-type pokemon
#74 - icefried (03/01/2013) [-]
"The total cost of importing a fox, including the purchase price to the institute, is $8,900 USD"
I'm never going to get a fox..
#163 to #74 - zionsype (03/01/2013) [-]
http://www.tinytracksexoticanimals.com/adoption.html

"RED FOX- $100.00 per animal NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT

ARTIC FOX- $150.00 per animal NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT

GRAY FOX- $150.00 per animal NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT"
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#45 - alleksi ONLINE (03/01/2013) [-]
they're like cats....but dogs.....




I want a fox
User avatar #205 to #45 - tiberioustyphr (03/01/2013) [-]
*Cough*They're$8,900*Cough*
#4 - mymiddleleg (02/28/2013) [-]
I want one
I want one
#36 - thalfak (03/01/2013) [-]
I love foxes
I love foxes
#146 - metallicafandude (03/01/2013) [-]
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#85 - gayboard (03/01/2013) [-]
Being an unconditional fox lover.

I died from this post.

I'm dead now. I'm just a ghost as I type this. The afterlife is okay.
#178 - workitout (03/01/2013) [-]
Foxes are like the perfect mix of cats and dogs! I want one so bad!   
   
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Foxes are like the perfect mix of cats and dogs! I want one so bad!

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#103 to #75 - lollytool (03/01/2013) [-]
Ghost, such a cute direwolf.
User avatar #150 to #75 - MrMouz (03/01/2013) [-]
Jon on the Iron Throne? Oh boy, I love spoilers.
User avatar #181 to #150 - bohemianbeatle (03/01/2013) [-]
It's not a spoiler, there are a lot of pics like these with the main characters sitting on the Iron Throne
User avatar #154 to #75 - aussiepridevil (03/01/2013) [-]
is this legit? (genuine ask i'v only just finished season 1)

it doesn't seem to make sense
#147 - Octopuspie (03/01/2013) [-]
"That is one fine ass picture"

seriously what is this fox doing
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User avatar #223 to #147 - acharminbear (03/01/2013) [-]
Praising his fallen master and Mother Russia.
#158 to #147 - jafkdb (03/01/2013) [-]
He's obviously checking out the girl in the photo on the wall.  It looks like she's about to take her shirt off.
He's obviously checking out the girl in the photo on the wall. It looks like she's about to take her shirt off.
#128 - ghostsyndrome (03/01/2013) [-]
I LOVE FOXES
I LOVE FOXES
User avatar #156 to #133 - scottishbrony (03/01/2013) [-]
Holy **** .. that's cute..
#192 - killerblue (03/01/2013) [-]
I want one, but I can't have one......

User avatar #180 - colegaleener (03/01/2013) [-]
They're cute, but not $8,900 cute.
User avatar #197 to #180 - raynagrimm (03/01/2013) [-]
a google search led me to a place in my state to where i could get one for $500-$600
User avatar #184 to #180 - fukkenchaos (03/01/2013) [-]
Almost nine grand?

**** that; I'll buy a white collie and dye it orange.
User avatar #186 to #184 - colegaleener (03/01/2013) [-]
I love collies(: dod you know where to get one in northern michigan? i've been to a few pounds but nobdoy has them..
User avatar #189 to #186 - fukkenchaos (03/01/2013) [-]
Here's another breeder, but they're probably on the more-expensive side.
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User avatar #188 to #186 - fukkenchaos (03/01/2013) [-]
I think this would be your best bet, but I'll keep looking :)
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User avatar #190 to #188 - colegaleener (03/01/2013) [-]
thank you soo much.
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#124 - blizzyspet (03/01/2013) [-]
i will do this with a fox
i will do this with a fox
User avatar #135 to #124 - deiignis (03/01/2013) [-]
Always good to see a fellow Rooster Teeth fan. Thumb for you.
User avatar #162 to #124 - thelambchop (03/01/2013) [-]
Gavin really loves Joe the Cat.
#216 - albiwankenobi (03/01/2013) [-]
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#22 - pureevil (03/01/2013) [-]
DO WANT
DO WANT
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#226 - sirbrentcoe (03/01/2013) [-]
so cute, i went from awe to rage
so cute, i went from awe to rage
User avatar #193 - koi (03/01/2013) [-]
it's a cat dog. finally, an answer to the age old question of which is better...cat or dog. answer...fox!
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