Dogs domesticated in Africa, not East Asia

Published on August 4th, 2009 | by Admin

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A new genetic study suggests that dogs were domesticated in Afria, not East Asia as was previously thought.

The huge genetic diversity of dogs found in East Asia had led many scientists to conclude that domestication began there. But new research published in the journal PNAS shows the DNA of dogs in African villages is just as varied.

Today’s dogs are descended from Eurasian grey wolves, domesticated between 15,000 and 40,000 years ago.

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One Response to Dogs domesticated in Africa, not East Asia

  1. K. West says:

    Could this mean that maybe civlizations began to sprot up in outside Asia. Or maybe domestication along with agriculture were concepts that spread to different parts of the world because ancient people had contact with each other.

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