Ancient DNA tells of two origins for dogs

Domestication of wolves might have happened in both East and West


EASTERN INFLUENCE  Dogs may have been domesticated separately in East Asia and Europe, a new study suggests. Those separate dog groups got together when Eastern dogs moved west with humans and partially replaced dogs living in Europe. Those events happened thousands of years before breeds, such as Chinese shar-peis (left) and German shepherds (right), were created.

Lilun Li/iStockphoto

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Genetics

From the Nature Index

Paid Content