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Domesticated dogs may have lived along side hunter-gatherers

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New DNA analysis suggests that dogs and wolves split from a common ancestor before humans transitioned to agricultural societies.

Dogs and wolves evolved from a common ancestor between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago, before humans transitioned to agricultural societies, according to an analysis of modern dog and wolf genomes from areas of the world thought to be centers of dog domestication.

The study, published in PLoS Genetics on January 16, 2014, also shows that dogs are more closely related to each other than wolves, regardless of geographic origin. This suggests that part of the genetic overlap observed between some modern dogs and wolves is the result of interbreeding after dog domestication, not a direct line of descent from one group of wolves.

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Story: Science Daily | Photo: Freema, et al./ PLoS Genetics

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