Humans had little to do with deliberately changing wolves into dogs

Published on December 20th, 2011 | by Admin

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New research in canine science has revealed that the transition to dogs from wolves had little to do with human interference.

“Traditional anthropological definitions of domestication consider the process to be a deliberate act of selection by humans,” the published study states. “However, this view has been challenged in recent years by the hypothesis that animals colonized anthropogenic environments of their own volition and evolved into new (‘‘domestic’’) species via natural evolutionary processes . . . After initial changes occurred, the resulting new species were modified during their association with people via natural adaptation, human selection, and genetic drift.”

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Story: National Post | Photo: AFP/Getty Imaegs; Wikipedia

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