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Of Wolves and Dogs

16 November 2013

Keeping to the wolfish theme at http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/dogs-likely-origina… …. another theory on the origin of the domestic dog. In all likelihood European dogs did evolve from European wolves, you might think – but it is not as simple as that as they evolved from ancient wolves (in the Pleistocene). Or that is what is implied by saying they go back 18,000 years ago. Once wolves were domesticated they interbred with each other – not with their wild cousins. As a result of that dogs evolved – with genes unconnected with modern wolves. This was published in the journal Science, November 15th – but see also www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2013/dogs-were-our-companio…


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