Modern Dog Has European Origins

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    New research shows a genetic link between modern domestic dogs and ancient wolves from Europe.

    So it turns out dogs didn’t originate in the Middle East.  New evidence suggests that the modern domestic dog evolved from an ancient group of wolves in Europe.  After studying the mitochondrial DNA of ancient “wolf-like” animals and eight “dog-like” animals and comparing them with modern genomes, they found that domestic dogs were genetically groupedwith ancient wolves.  So they concluded that dogs derived from these ancient wolves and probably were domesticated by early human hunter-gatherers.  Wolves probably took advantage of the carcasses left behind by humans and chose to give up the territorial roots and follow migratory human groups—leaving the pack and branching off.