Friday, November 15, 2013

National Geographic on the Latest Dog Domestication Paper

 
Carpathian Shepherd Dog, Carpathian Mountains, Romania

Lapphund, Finland
 
 
 
 
Dutch Shepherd Dog, Netherlands
 
Border Collie, Borders, Scotland
 
 
 
Aidi, Morocco
 
 

National Geographic covers the ancient mitochondrial DNA dog domestication paper which was published yesterday.  (Link)

There have been other papers indicating that dogs originated in East Asia, Southeast Asia and possibly, even Africa.  It's been a matter of contention for several years now and will likely not be entirely resolved by this paper.

In any case, it's fun to look at various European dog breeds that retain some of their wolf like characteristics.  Among European breeds, the tendency to retain these characteristics is especially noticeable in shepherd dogs.  Perhaps it's those dogs, most left to their own, not bred for tracking, appearance, docility, or fighting, that retain their wolf intelligence, sociability, tenacity, and bravery.

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