Category Archives: Origins of dog domestication

Prey-predator relationships at Předmostí I , 30,000 years ago

That humans ate mammoths but their paleo-dogs ate reindeer/musk ox 30,000 years ago at Předmostí I is fascinating and suggests that humans must have controlled the diet of their dogs by this time. It also suggests that these paleo-dogs could well have … Continue reading

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Ancient DNA confirms Altai dog from 33,000 years ago

Researchers have analysed ancient DNA control region from a putative dog specimen dated to. 33,000 years ago from the Altai Mountains in central Asia and have found that the Altai dog is more closely related to modern dogs and prehistoric New World canids than it is to contemporary wolves. Continue reading

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Genetic adapatations for starchy diet may have facilitated dog domestication

Genetic adaptations allowing the early ancestors of modern dogs to thrive on a diet rich in starch, relative to the carnivorous diet of wolves, constituted a crucial step in the early domestication of dogs. Continue reading

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Ancient dog domestication was the start of artificial selection by humans

This puts the use of deliberate actions for selective breeding for dog domestication from wolves some time after 100,000 years ago and some time earlier than 32,000 years ago. This would have been after the leaving of Africa but before the great expansion of AMH from the Middle East. This leads me to place the earliest deliberate breeding of selected traits – both by culling and by selective mating – in the domestication of dogs at some 50 – 60,000 years ago in the Middle East. Continue reading

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