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DNA hint of European origin for dogs

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DNA hint of European origin for dogs

The results of a DNA study suggest that dogs were domesticated in Europe.

No-one doubts that "man's best friend" is an evolutionary off-shoot of the grey wolf, but scientists have long argued over the precise timing and location for their emergence.

The new research, based on a genetic analysis of ancient and modern dog and wolf samples, points to a European origin at least 18,000 years ago.

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Fascinating. Makes you wonder just how quickly they spread to Asia given that they also exist in the so called new world.

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Once domesticated dogs simply went where people went. I suspect they went to Asia then to the Americas (that's the going hypothesis on how humans spread out).

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How do they explain ancient Australians bringing their domesticated Southeast Asian wolves (i.e. Dingos) to their new home 50,000 years ago?

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