Multiple and Ancient Origins of the Domestic Dog

Department of Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1606, USA.
Science (Impact Factor: 33.61). 07/1997; 276(5319):1687-9. DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5319.1687
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Mitochondrial DNA control region sequences were analyzed from 162 wolves at 27 localities worldwide and from 140 domestic
dogs representing 67 breeds. Sequences from both dogs and wolves showed considerable diversity and supported the hypothesis
that wolves were the ancestors of dogs. Most dog sequences belonged to a divergent monophyletic clade sharing no sequences
with wolves. The sequence divergence within this clade suggested that dogs originated more than 100,000 years before the present.
Associations of dog haplotypes with other wolf lineages indicated episodes of admixture between wolves and dogs. Repeated
genetic exchange between dog and wolf populations may have been an important source of variation for artificial selection.

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    • "Morphological data on the history of dog origin (Clutton-Brock 1999; Davis & Villà 1978) have been confirmed by genetic examinations (Savolainen et al., 2002; Vilà et al., 1997), while the recent isotopic examination of wolf and dog fossil remains (Germonpré et al., 2009) supplement earlier reports that base on osteometry. These data point to the fact that separation of the first dog form from wolf population took place as early as in the Upper Paleolithic. "

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