Artificial selection is the intervention of an animal or plant species by humans. Humans cultivate certain desirable traits in future generations. Artificial selection is used to alter the appearance and behaviour of domesticated plants and animals. Darwin postulated that natural processes could act as agents of natural selection in much the same way as artificial selection.
Due to canine domestication, canines have been mated to make them smaller and to change their behaviour to less vicious and aggressive. Human intervention has changed the mate selection of canines and other domesticated organisms.
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