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An international team of scientists has just identified what they believe is the world's first known dog, which was a large and toothy canine that lived 31,700 years ago and subsisted on a diet of horse, musk ox and reindeer, according to a new study.
The discovery could push back the date for the earliest dog by 17,700 years, since the second oldest known dog, found in Russia, dates to 14,000 years ago.
Originally posted by TheAgentNineteen
...I always knew that the Huskies were closer to Wolves than most other Modern Dogs. ...
Originally posted by resistor
I’d like to know the parameters they use to determine what’s a wolf and what’s a domesticated ‘dog’. At what point do they become domesticated? Once they’re hanging around outside the camp, or when they’ve been brought up with people from a pup? Seems to me that they’re not truly a dog until some selective breeding has gone on, even if they’re hanging out and cooperating with people.
Originally posted by GreyFoxSolid
If my knowledge serves me correctly, 'humans' have only been around for the past 100,000 or so years.
When a tame wolf gives birth, it produces naturally wild offspring which is in stark contrast to the offspring of dogs which are inherently tame right from the get go! If a wolf pup from a tamed individual is not socialized by humans before its eyes open that animal will have problems dealing with people; the same is not true of dogs even for much older puppies of several months! In other words, the taming of individual animals does not bestow genetic modification upon its offspring even over a span of many generations. Simply put, the idea that people from the Mesolithic period tamed the wolf and gradually transformed it into the domesticated dog seems to rest on very shaky ground indeed!