After training dogs to lie motionless in an MRI scanner and studying the results, Neuroeconomics Professor Gregory Burns concluded that dogs exhibit a level of awareness equal to human children.
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Further studies have demonstrated what many dog owners have long suspected, that dogs have rich emotional lives that may rival their human companions. How all these similarities came about is still speculation and, though parallel evolution can’t be excluded, it’s more likely that both humans and dogs emerged from a common ancestor – an insectivore.
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