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Writing a New Origin Story for Domesticated Dogs

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It’s a widely shared belief in the scientific community that the domestic dog shares its lineage with the grey wolf. And Greger Larson, an archaeologist and geneticist at the University of Oxford, is trying to figure out “…when, where, and how [dogs] were domesticated from wolves,” explains Ed Yong in his feature, “A New Origin Story for Dogs,” published by The Atlantic.

Dogs were the first domesticated animals and humans’ first real “pet,” and although Larson has spent decades trying to nail down what happened before the wolf, he’s come up empty. That is, until a recent discovery suggesting that the domesticated dog has a bifurcated lineage. Read Yong’s full story here.