The woof at the door

Pat Shipman

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Pat Shipman describes how dogs are descended from wolves, probably the gray wolf. Some scientists argue that, because dogs and wolves can and do interbreed, they should not be considered to be separate species at all. Modem wolves and dogs can be distinguished reasonably easily by their appearance. The most telling feature of dogs is the snout, which is significantly shorter and wider than wolves' snouts. Another way of estimating the time at which domestic dogs originated is to consider their genetic differences from wolves. Germonpré and her colleagues thought that researchers might have overlooked early prehistoric dogs in the fossil record of the Upper Paleolithic, so they analyzed skulls of large from various European sites. The Goyet dog fossil shows that the domestication of the first animal was roughly contemporaneous with two fascinating developments in Europe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationAmerican Scientist
StatePublished - Jul 2009

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