New Research Shows Dogs May Have Originated in Europe
Do you know where your canine’s ancestral history traces back to? Previous thought linked dogs to the Middle East and Asia. However, new research is coming out revealing that our furry friends may have originated in Europe, according to Fox News.
Scientists from the University of Turku in Finland, and other institutions, gathered DNA from various creatures. The study was published in the journal Science, and in total 18 wolf- and dog-like fossils of animals that lived up to 36,000 years ago were studied. These prehistoric remnants were from numerous places, including Germany, Belgium, Russia, Switzerland and the United States.
When compared to modern dogs, the DNA of ancient European wolf specimens was similar. Additionally, many scientists share the thought that canines evolved from wolves. This happened because wolves began to interact more and more with people and thus became tamer when they started to depend on humans for food.
Even with this new information, the debate over where dogs come from is not over.
“There are now, based on genetic evidence, three alternative hypotheses for the origin of dogs,” Robert Wayne, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an author of the study, told the source. In addition to Europe, some people continue to believe dogs may have originated in Asia or the Middle East.