How the wolf became the dog

From wolves to the dogs we know…

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“Scientists who study canine origins seem to fight about everything: where dogs arose, when this happened, and even the best way to find these answers. But there’s one thing most of them agree on: how dogs became domesticated. Still, it’s taken almost a century to get here, and the details are still emerging.

In 1907, the English scientist Francis Galton suggested that dogs first entered our lives when our ancestors nabbed some wolf pups, brought them back to camp, and raised them as pets. If you’ve ever seen a baby wolf, with its big eyes and oversized ears, the idea doesn’t seem so far-fetched—and, indeed, Galton’s hypothesis reigned for decades. But scientists eventually realized that domestication is a long, messy process that can take hundreds or even thousands of years. These early humans may have started with…

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One comment on “How the wolf became the dog
  1. American Renaissance posted an article on the dog last year. The dog was domesticated in Europe first, not China. And it happened 15,000 to 20,000 years ago, not 10,000 years ago as used to be thought. As I recall, these conclusions came out of the discovery of a prehistoric site in far north Europe.

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