Since recorded time humans around the world have developed hundreds of dog breeds and regardless of the size, shape, and temperament all domestic dogs have a common root ancestry.

The debate about where our canine fur friends come from is slowly getting the scientific data necessary to help solve this ancient mystery.

Here are three current articles that are shedding light on this interesting topic.

gizmodo.comThe precise origin of our canine companions is mired in controversy. But a new study suggests that dogs emerged from not one but two different populations of ancient wolves. What’s more, this dual domestication happened on opposite sides of the Eurasian continent.

Dogs first appeared about 15,000 years ago, long before the advent of agriculture, and represent the earliest known domestic animal. They emerged from ancient wolves, but scientists aren’t entirely sure if this seminal domestication event happened in Europe or Asia. A new study published in Science suggests there’s truth to both of these claims. Read more…

This article discusses the research into the deep history of our canine pets.

nytimes.comScientists have done well in scouring the DNA of humans to track our origins to the African continent.

But the ancient origins of an animal that is an honorary member of many human families has remained in doubt: We still don’t know where dogs came from.

A group of scientists who are in the middle of a grand examination of canine fossils and modern DNA proposed Thursday to turn the whole conversation on its head. See more…

This latest new story covers the possibilities of multiple locations of where dog originated.

www.independent.ieDNA from a 4,800-year-old dog bone excavated at Newgrange, Co Meath, has led to new findings about the potential origins of man’s best friend.

Scientists at Trinity College have sequenced the first ancient dog genome using the bone from the Neolithic tomb, which has led to a new theory about the ‘dual origins’ of dogs. Read more…

With dogs becoming a major part of the family nucleus they are rapidly becoming an important part of our day to day life.

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