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Aztec Wolf burial unearthed in Mexico City

The remains of a wolf sacrificed 500 years ago has been found in Mexico City. A sacrificial wolf elaborately adorned with some of the finest Aztec gold ever found and buried more than five centuries ago has come to light in the heart of downtown Mexico City, once home to the

Dog split from wolves earlier than thought

New research carried out on an 35,000 wolf bone has revealed that dogs split from wolves earlier than we thought. Dogs' special relationship to humans may go back 27,000 to 40,000 years, according to genomic analysis of an ancient Taimyr wolf bone reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on

3D measurements revise dog domestication date

3D analysis of 30,000-year-old skulls thought to belong to domesticated dogs have revealed that the skulls actually belong to wolves. This revises the dates for the domestication of man's best friend to about 15,000 years ago during the Neolithic. And while dogs may have been domesticated 15,000 years ago, it was

Domesticated dogs may have lived along side hunter-gatherers

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

33,000-year-old canine DNA closely resembles modern dogs

A DNA sample taken from a 33,000-year-old canine skull found in Siberia has been found to be a closer match to a modern dog's DNA than to a wolves. The researchers then compared the genetic sequences from the Altai specimen with gene sequences from 72 modern dogs of 70 different breeds,

Humans had little to do with deliberately changing wolves into dogs

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