When did animals like foxes first start living alongside people?

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STATISTICALLY, you probably live in a city. Around 55 per cent of humans do, and in high-income countries where New Scientist has most of its audience, the figures are even higher.

This means you also live alongside urban animals. In the UK, where I live, the most conspicuous ones are pigeons, foxes and gulls. These species have adapted to life alongside us, often by eating the food we throw away.

Animals such as urban foxes that live …

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