New Prehistoric Fossils Lead to Dogs Came From Limited Pack of Wolves

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Where do dogs come from.  Most have believed (with rather good scientific evidence) that they evolved from wolves.

Our furry friends likely evolved from a population of wolves domesticated sometime between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago. Exactly who domesticated these wolves, when, and how many times, is still a mystery, and scientists don’t agree on the answer. Dogs were probably domesticated by accident, when wolves began trailing ancient hunter-gatherers to snack on their garbage. Docile wolves may have been slipped extra food scraps, the theory goes, so they survived better, and passed on their genes. Eventually, these friendly wolves evolved into dogs. “People want a story that someone picked up a wolf cub and made a dog — but it’s been a much more complex process than that,” Veeramah says.

Many, or actually most scientists believe man domesticated dogs around 20,000 years ago.

Today’s study disputes those findings, however, arguing instead that a single group of dogs were probably first domesticated between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago. (They don’t say where.) These ancestral dogs then split into Eastern and Western populations. The dogs that stayed in Europe are likely the distant ancestors of modern European mutts and many of today’s breeds

Our previous articles talked about dogs Ancestry:

Scientists Debate Where and When Dogs Originated – But It Was Before Cats

Dogs Domesticated 33,000 Years Ago Arrived in America 10,000 Years Ago

This new article reveals the new findings and the new conclusions about this find.  It is well worth your reading and noting at the source below.

Source:  The Verge
Image: Amelie Scheu


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