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American dogs originated in Eastern Asia

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DNA analysis taken from a variety of living dogs and compared with the remains of dogs found at archaeological sites in the US have revealed that many American dog breeds actually originated in Asia.

Research has challenged the idea that dogs already present in the Americas when Europeans arrived were swamped by animals brought in by the settlers.

The genetic study suggests modern breeds from the Americas largely trace their ancestry to dogs brought to the continent from Asia by native peoples.

It establishes a native Mexican origin for the popular Chihuahua – proposed by some to have recent roots in China.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: AFP

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