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GRE Article of the Month: March 2015 – Blame the Dog

Blame the Dog
By Steve Donoghue for Open Letters Monthly



Man’s best friend? Well, according to this article, clearly not to the Neanderthal, which Homo Sapiens wiped out—granted unwittingly. See, that eternal bond of human and dog, one that many of us have experienced, might have very well led to the extinction of the Neanderthal.

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Sounds far-fetched? Well, the author of the article isn’t entirely convinced either, and so the piece—which is actually a book review of How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction (they are not big on subtlety)—reads like a playful version of a GRE passage.

That is, the author describes a point of view and pokes some holes in the theory (again, the author here can be a wee bit more sardonic than the folks who write the GRE passages).

Words to look out for:

  • Irretrievable
  • Precipitated
  • Cataclysmic
  • Formidable
  • Garner
  • Stipulate
  • Industrious
  • Extirpation


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2 Responses to GRE Article of the Month: March 2015 – Blame the Dog

  1. Prasad N R April 2, 2018 at 12:22 am #

    Your videos are awesome Chris. But, I am feeling tensed. So, I could not read that article. I just looked for the “words to look out for” and I knew all except “Extirpation” (and “wee” from your article).

    Whenever I look at words like “extirpation”, my brain extirpates all complicated GRE words from my wee brain.

  2. Shivam August 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    Intriguing article Chris 🙂 Enjoying your compendium of “Article of the Month”. You Rock !!

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