This is a beautifully written book that describes the current research on dog and human co-evolution. "A Dog in a Cave" covers such interesting topics as paleontology, dog evolution, genetics and social behaviour and interactions of dogs, wolves and humans. This book is meant for intelligent younger readers but can also be enjoyed by adults. The author assumes her readers are intelligent and doesn't insult them by simplifying everything into baby language. This book doesn't go into a great deal of scientific detail but is well-written and concepts superbly explained (better than most science writer/journalists for adults). The block sections explaining important concepts are also a nice idea. The colour photographs make this a lovely book to look at too. This book includes a glossary, notes, selected bibliography, internet resources and an index for anyone wanting more information on specific topics.
This book would make a lovely gift for a dog-loving child, teenager or adult that isn't a zoologist.
Recommended related book:
Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World by Richard C. Francis