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Early domesticated dog skull found in Siberia

The 33,000-year-old skull of a dog in the early stages of domestication has been found in the Altai Mountains in Siberia.

Although the snout is similar in size to early, fully domesticated Greenland dogs from 1,000 years ago, its large teeth resemble those of 31,000 year-old wild European wolves.

This indicates a dog in the very early stages of domestication, says evolutionary biologist Dr Susan Crockford, one of the authors on the study.

“The wolves were not deliberately domesticated, the process of making a wolf into a dog was a natural process,” explained Dr Crockford of Pacific Identifications, Canada.

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Story: Hamish Pritchard, BBC News| Photo: BBC News

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