Mans Best Friend: Dog Domestication Through the Ages
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Evidence of domestication of dogs during Paleolithic period found

Evidence of domestication of dogs during Paleolithic period found | Mans Best Friend: Dog Domestication Through the Ages | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- Paleontologists working in the Czech Republic have unearthed what appears to be evidence of the domestication of dogs, from a period much earlier than has been previously thought. In a paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the team, comprised of Mietje Germonpréa, ...
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A passage from the Journal of Archaeological Science tells of the discoveries of a research team out in Eastern Europe that have recently discovered the skeletons of three domesticated dogs from the Paleolithic era around 10,000BP. What makes these skeletons significant is how they were found, buried in particular ways with their brains removed and particular "grave goods" in one skeletons mouth. The article goes on to show how early on, domesticated dogs held significance to early humans.

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Dog's dinner was key to domestication

Dog's dinner was key to domestication | Mans Best Friend: Dog Domestication Through the Ages | Scoop.it
Genome study pinpoints changes that turned wolves into humanity's best friend.
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Recent findings by geneticist Kerstin Lindblad-Toh from Uppsala University in Sweden shows signs that dogs may have been more easily domesticated thanks to what they ate. While researching the genomes of various dog and wolf species, Kerstin discovered that certain genes only found in dogs allowed them to begin digesting starches. Kerstin infers that this adaption could have been a key factor in making dogs more easily domesticated as a rise in agriculture took place.

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People and Dogs: A Genetic Love Story – Phenomena

People and Dogs: A Genetic Love Story – Phenomena | Mans Best Friend: Dog Domestication Through the Ages | Scoop.it
Here's a possibly true story about the first friendly dog. It's dusk on a human settlement some ten thousand years ago. After a long day of farming, a family gathers around a campfire. They're kick...
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This light-hearted article brought to us by Victoria Hughes brings further evidence to the hypothesis that dogs became more easily domesticatable through genes with information given by veterinary professor Nicholas Dodman, who's recent studies give more in-depth research to the unique genes that allow dogs to digest starches, elaborating on Kerstin Lindblad-Toh and Erik Axelsson previous work. Dodman's research shows that domesticated dogs not only carry the starch processing gene, but that some intellectual genes evolved to make dogs friendlier as well, making them easier for humans to domesticate.

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This 33,000-Year-Old Skull Belonged to One of the World’s First Dogs

This 33,000-Year-Old Skull Belonged to One of the World’s First Dogs | Mans Best Friend: Dog Domestication Through the Ages | Scoop.it
A new DNA analysis confirms that an ancient skull found in a Siberian cave was an early ancestor of man's best friend
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The article above, written by scientific reporter Joseph Stromberg, documents recent findings on previously unidentifiable skulls discovered in 1975. While first thought to be some type of partly domesticated wolf, DNA analysis has helped to identify that the skulls are actually from fully domesticated dogs! When matched with over 104 types of modern and ancient canine DNA (34 of which being wolf and coyote samples), the fossils shared the most similarities with modern day dogs, more specifically Siberian Huskies, Newfoundlanders, and Tibetan Mastiffs.  

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