Dogs' Closest Wolf Ancestors Went Extinct, Study Suggests

January 16, 2014 10:10 PM

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Dogs' Closest Wolf Ancestors Went Extinct, Study Suggests

A new genetic analysis of modern dogs and wolves suggests that man's best friend was domesticated before agriculture.

But the origin of this domestication remains stubbornly mysterious. Researchers analyzed the genomes of wolves from three likely sites of domestication (the Middle East, Asia and eastern Europe), and found that modern dogs were not more closely related to any of the three. In fact, it seems that the...

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