About the author

It all began for me as a student with an advanced multivariate statistics course at the University of Tennessee. A project used to distinguish through metric data some confusing dog and wolf skulls from the North American Plains led to my first dog -related publication ever, in 1986. The four year hiatus between that and my next production was because of necessary school work, definitely including my doctoral dissertation (1990), devoted solely to the evolution of the domestic dog. As part of working that up, I traveled to several places to measure dog and/or wolf skulls including, significantly, the University of Copenhagen Zoological Museum in Denmark.
To make a longer story shorter, I spent the following summer (1990) in southeast Greenland with a Danish-led multi-disciplinary field research team. Then, immediately following that summer, I spent that academic year as a guest researcher at the same University of Copenhagen Zoological Museum. I was there for the express purpose of studying domestic dog remains from all of Greenland, as returned over the years by many Danish research expeditions dating to the early and mid-1900s. While there, I also worked up an article (1992) directly out of my doctoral dissertation. At any rate, armed with that experience I returned home and have been doing dog-related research work regularly over the ensuing years, on a variety of specific topics. Included was the production of my one and only book (2010) on dogs.
Following that was another approximately four year hiatus stemming from two unrelated factors. One was that I simply needed some downtime after the intense experience of engineering a whole book through to completion. In addition, grueling cross country residential moves, along with some personal complications, kept me thoroughly unproductive for a time. I returned to active engagement with an article in 2014. Working that up is when I came into contact with my current co-author, Rujana Jeger. We have now published two articles together, including the most recent listed, and are currently planning another.
So that is just a brief biographical introduction, and I encourage you to look at other parts of this site for more information.

Darcy Morey
February 2017, Radford, Virginia.

Publications

Morey, D.F. 1986. Studies on Amerindian Dogs: Taxonomic Analysis of Canid Crania from the Northern Plains. Journal of Archaeological Science 13:119-
145.

Morey, D.F. 1990. Cranial Allometry and the Evolution of the Domestic Dog. Knoxville, Tennessee: Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee (Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International, Order No. 9112869).

Morey, D.F., Klippel, W.E. 1991. Canid Scavenging and Deer Bone Survivorship at an Archaic
Period Site in Tennessee. Archæozoologia 4:11-28.

Morey, D.F. 1992. Size, Shape, and Development in the Evolution of the Domestic Dog. Journal of Archaeological Science 19:181-204.

Morey, D.F., Wiant, M.D. 1992. Early Holocene Domestic Dog Burials from the North American Midwest. Current Anthropology 33:224-229.

Morey, D.F. 1994. Canis Remains from Dust Cave. Journal of Alabama Archaeology 40:163-172.

Morey, D.F. 1994. The Early Evolution of the Domestic Dog. American Scientist 82:336-347.

Morey, D.F. 1995 The Early Evolution of the Domestic Dog. In: Exploring Evolutionary Biology, edited by M. Slatkin. Sunderland, Mass., Sinauer Associates, pp. 140-151 (republication of Morey 1994, American Scientist).

Morey, D.F. 1996. L’origine du Plus Vieil Ami de L’homme. La Recherche 288 (Juin):72-77 (in French).

Morey, D.F. 1997. Review of: J. Serpell (Ed.), The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour and Interactions with People (Cambridge University Press, 1995). The Quarterly Review of Biology 72: 87-88.

Morey, D.F. 2000. Review of: L.P. Case, The Dog: Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health (Iowa State University Press, 1999). The Quarterly Review of Biology 73(3):325-326.

Morey, D.F., Aaris-Sørensen, K. 2002. Paleoeskimo Dogs of the Eastern Arctic. Arctic 55(1):
44-56.

Walker, R.B., Morey, D.F., Relethford, J.H. 2005. Early and Mid-Holocene dogs in Southeastern North America: Examples from Dust Cave. Southeastern Archaeology 24(1):
83-92.

Morey, D.F. 2006. Burying Key Evidence: The Social Bond Between Dogs and People. Journal of Archaeological Science 33:158-175.

Morey, D.F. 2010. Dogs: Domestication and the Development of a Social Bond. Cambridge University Press, New York.

Morey, D.F. 2014. In search of Paleolithic Dogs: A Quest with Mixed Results. Journal of Archaeological Science 52: 300-307.

Morey, D.F., Jeger, R. 2015. Paleolithic Dogs: Why Sustained Domestication Then? Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 3: 420-428.

Morey, D,F., Jeger, R. 2016. From Wolf to Dog: Late Pleistocene Ecological Dynamics, Altered Trophic Strategies, and Shifting Human Perceptions. Historical Biology (doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2016.1262854).

About the book

“Like a hound on scent, Darcy Morey pursues the dog down the twisting paths of prehistory to its wolf origins and then tracks back through the dense tangle of contemporary genetic and neurological research to show how it came to capture our homes and hearts.  [This book] is a work of love and of intellect that confirms Morey as our foremost dog archaeologist.”
-Mark Derr

This book traces the evolution of the dog, from its origins about 15,000 years ago up to recent times. The timing of dog domestication receives attention, with comparisons between different genetics-based models and archaeological evidence. Allometric patterns between dogs and their ancestors, wolves, shed light on the nature of the morphological changes that dogs underwent. Dog burials highlight a unifying theme of the whole book: the development of a distinctive social bond between dogs and people; the book also explores why dogs and people relate so well to each other. Though cosmopolitan in overall scope, greatest emphasis is on the New World, with entire chapter devoted to dogs of the arctic regions, mostly in the New World. Discussion of several distinctive modern roles of dogs underscores the social bond between dogs and people.

You can read the excerpts here, read the summary here, and/or buy the book here!