Arlington, VA :, PBS :, CPB Corporation for Public Broadcasting,, .
4 videodiscs (approximately 240 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Disc 1. How smart are animals? / produced for WGBH/Boston by Nova
Disc 2. Dogs decoded / BBC ; produced and directed by Dan Child ; produced for NOVA by Melanie Wallace
Disc 3. Through a dog's eyes / director, Peter Schnall ; writer, Don Campbell ; producer Margaret McEvoy ; a production of tpt National Productions and Partisan Pictures
Disc 4. Dogs and more dogs / written, produced and directed by Noel Buckner & Rob Whittlesey
Dogs and more dogs: We feed them, breed them, pet them, and dress them, but how well do we really know them? John Lithgow narrates this insightful look at how dogs evolved from fierce wolves to playful pets -- and why there are so many types of dogs today. Whether you're a dog person or not, there's no denying dogs are an evolutionary marvel, and thanks to human intervention, they are one fo the most diverse species on earth. With an amazing array of sizes, shapes, colors, temperments, and other quirks, canis familiaris features one of the most tinkered-with gene pools in the animal kingdom. NOVA goes beyond the wagging tails and floppy ears to reveal surprising insights into the origin and evolutionary strategy of our canine companions. From a wolf research facility in rural Indiana to New York's Westminster dog show, you'll discover some amazing dog facts. Did you know the Saluki can beat any other mammal on earth in a three-mile race? That dogs developed spots for a specific reason? And that their evolution is helping us learn about our own?