Dogs are NOT descended from modern wolves but split from common ancestor 34,000 years ago
Dogs and wolves evolved from a common ancestor between 11,000 and 34,000 years ago, according to new research.
Instead, the earliest dogs may have first lived among hunter-gatherer societies and adapted to agricultural life later, according to the study which is published in the journal PLoS Genetics.
John Novembre, associate professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the university, who is also the study’s senior author, said: ‘Dog domestication is more complex than we originally thought.
The team of scientists sequenced the genomes of three grey wolves – one of which was from China, one from Croatia and another from Israel – to represent the three regions where dogs are believed to have originated.
Their analysis of the basenji and dingo genomes, plus a previously published boxer genome from Europe, showed that the dog breeds were most closely related to each other.