Study Reveals Europe to be Origin of Dogs
Some issues are being raised on the origin of the man's best friend, the dog. It has been previously thought that domesticated dogs first came from Middle East or East Asia. But, the new study opposed the earlier statement by saying that they were originated in Europe.
Some fresh fuel has been thrown by the researchers from the University of Turku in Finland in the research continuing from the past many years. Olaf Thalmann, of the same University, led this research and used prehistoric genomes to give an end to this research. He gave the conclusion that European hunters changed wolves to friendly Fidos around 20,000 to 30,000 years ago.
Scientists analyzed the genome sequencing of grey wolves with that of Chinese indigenous dogs. It has been declared that these mongrel dogs were brought into China about 32,000 years ago.
In the new study, scientists used the DNA samples of the earliest dogs in Europe, Asia and America to know the origin of these species. The analyzed the fossil remains of these dogs dating back to about 36,000 years ago.
Robert Wayne, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA and senior author of the research, said: "We found that instead of recent wolves being closest to domestic dogs, ancient European wolves were directly related to them".
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