The domestication project was all about domesticated animals, and learning about how they were domesticated. Throughout this unit, the main things that I learned were that dog domestication actually happened a lot quicker than we would think, and that changed my perspective on evolution. I also learned about genetics, traits, and how animal breeds vary from each other. The last main things that we learned was how to make an annotated bibliography, how to conduct our own research, and how to execute the scientific method. My project focused on dogs. My main question was: Do Humans Understand Dog Barks? I was interested in this question because I myself, having owned many dogs throughout my life, always thought that I could understand dogs. I wanted to see if this was accurate, and how well other people could also understand them (or not). For my method, I chose a series of barks, including aggressive, warning, and playful. I then played these dog barks to fellow peers, parents, and others. On each of the barks I played for them, I asked them what kind of emotion they thought the dog was portraying through their bark. My conclusion for this experiment was that humans could only understand dogs when they were aggressive. Overwhelmingly when hearing an aggressive bark, people deemed it aggressive. As far as warning or playful barks, though, most didn't recognize the difference, and these two categories were mixed up quite a bit. My future questions would be: How do playful and warning barks sound the same and what are their differences? Why do humans not see the difference between these barks but know when it is aggressive? In conclusion, this project overall was interesting to research, but boring in execution. I am glad that this project helped develop the skills used for conducting research and organizing the results.
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