posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 04:45 AM
I was reading an article on the official New Dawn Magazine
website and came across something that I thought was really interesting. The
article itself was entitled: Ancient Civilisations: Six Great
- and included the usual suspects; The Great Pyramid, Mohenjo Daro, Sumeria, Teotihuacán and Stone Age Peru. The sixth 'enigma' was
something different though.
It was under the heading: The Origin Of Dogs – Biogenetic engineering (which I have reproduced for this thread) and somewhat caught me by
Knowing we have lots of dog lovers here on ATS I thought some of you may enjoy it and, hopefully, be able to shed some light on it.
Let us start with a simple question that appears to have an obvious answer: what is a dog? It turns out geneticists in the past decade have shown
the answer is not so obvious. In fact, generations of anthropologists, archaeologists and wildlife biologists turned out to be dead wrong when it came
to the origins of “man’s best friend”.
Prior to DNA studies conducted in the 1990s, the generally accepted theory posited that dogs branched off from a variety of wild canids, i.e.,
coyotes, hyenas, jackals, wolves and so on, about 15,000 years ago. The results of the first comprehensive DNA study shocked the scholarly community.
The study found that all dog breeds can be traced back to wolves and not other canids. The second part of the finding was even more unexpected – the
branching off occurred from 40-150,000 years ago.
Why do these findings pose a problem? We have to answer that question with another question: how were dogs bred from wolves? This is not just
difficult to explain, it is impossible. Do not be fooled by the pseudo-explanations put forth by science writers that state our Stone Age ancestors
befriended wolves and somehow (the procedure is never articulated) managed to breed the first mutant wolf, the mother of all dogs. Sorry, we like dogs
too, but that is what a dog is.
Think about those statements for a moment. If you are thinking that dogs evolved naturally from wolves, that is not an option. No scientist believes
that because the stringent wolf pecking order and breeding rituals would never allow a mutant to survive, at least that is one strong argument against
The article states how, if the widely accepted version of the story is true, wolf/dog breeders today should have no problem replicating the process.
However, they cant. A number of scientific studies have attempted to turn wolves into the equivalent of dogs by rearing them from a young age in human
homes, and treating them like pet dogs.
The most recent of these was done by a team of researchers from Estovos University in Budapest. They took three-day-old wolf pups and home-reared
them. They had no more success than many previous studies. The research had to be abandoned when the wolves were about 18 months old simply because
these wolves had become too aggressive and were becoming a danger to humans and other pets.
As the article concludes:
The evolution of the domesticated dog from a wild pack animal appears to be a miracle! It should not have happened. This is another unexplained
The article appeared in a 2005 issue and so it's a little dated. Is this subject still a contentious issue or has it been resolved? A quick search
around the net didn't bring me many answers. This
article offers an
explanation, although it's nothing new.
Throw me a bone here people.