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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Earliest dogs were stone-age man's best friend

The domestic dog originated from wild European wolves in the Stone Age before the development of farming, according to a new study.

Scientists have long puzzled over how domestic dogs came into existence.

Earlier studies suggested wolves may have been domesticated by the first farmers about 10,000 years ago, but the latest study has found that it began much earlier in Europe – around 20,000 to 30,000 years ago – long before the development of agriculture.

Irish Independent

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