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Dogs Domesticated in Europe, Study Finds
November 18, 2013

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In the latest study into the origins of domesticated dogs, a group of European researchers has found genetic evidence of friendly canines in Europe between 20,000 and 30,000 years ago.

The study, published recently in Science, found a significant amount of interbreeding between wolves and what people today would call dogs. The study compared the genomes of 18 ancient dogs and wolves with their modern counterparts and found what the researchers say is a match with European canine species.

Other studies in recent years have produced evidence to support the theory that the first dogs domesticated were in China or in the Middle East. The latest study included fossil remains from America, Asia, and Europe.

One prime stumbling block over the years has been the extent to which dogs and wolves differed. In olden times, this difference was very slight.

The authors of the Europe-centric study, one of whom also worked on the study that placed the first domesticated dogs in the Middle East, are already under way with more testing.

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