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One of the World’s First Dog's Skull found

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In 1975, a team of Russian archaeologists announced that they’d made a remarkable find: From a cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia, they’d unearthed a 33,000-year-old fossil skull that resembled a wolf. In 2011, an anatomical analysis suggested that the fossil was a hybrid of a wolf (with its large teeth) and a dog (with its shortened snout), raising the possibility that it was a partly domesticated wolf—in other words, one of the oldest ancestors of the modern dog ever discovered.

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I guess people have been keeping dogs longer than we think. No wonder we can get so attached to them.

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Excuse my ignorance but how do you decide it was a hybrid and early domesticated dog aside from a lineage that has become extinct?

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I'm curious to know what it looked like and how big it was. This is the neanderthal of the dog world.

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Yes a reconstruction of head to see what it looked like in life would have been appreciated.

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Excuse my ignorance but how do you decide it was a hybrid and early domesticated dog aside from a lineage that has become extinct?

The article says how...

In 2011, an anatomical analysis ..... one of the oldest ancestors of the modern dog ever discovered.

The research team compared their sample of mitochondrial DNA... sharing the most similarities with Tibetian Mastiffs, Newfoundlands and Siberian Huskies in particular.

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I haven't read the whole thing but this is fascinating for me personally, my dog is a Scotch Collie and wolf mix. Wolves are larger than most domestic breeds, no? Mine has the general skull shape of a Collie, but her head takes up nearly my entire lap, and all together she weighs more than I do. She's a sweet old thing, and it's funny to think she could just as easily be running around with a pack right now as she is laying at the foot of my bed.

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So thankful for dogs!! There is no love like the love for a pet. Loving your dog deepens your love matrix.

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