Skip to comments.Genetic Study Confirms: First Dogs Came from East Asia
Posted on 11/23/2011 7:43:40 PM PST by decimon
Researchers at KTH say they have found further proof that the wolf ancestors of todays domesticated dogs can be traced to southern East Asia findings that run counter to theories placing the cradle of the canine line in the Middle East.
Dr Peter Savolainen, KTH researcher in evolutionary genetics, says a new study released Nov. 23 confirms that an Asian region south of the Yangtze River was the principal and probably sole region where wolves were domesticated by humans.
Data on genetics, morphology and behaviour show clearly that dogs are descended from wolves, but theres never been scientific consensus on where in the world the domestication process began. Our analysis of Y-chromosomal DNA now confirms that wolves were first domesticated in Asia south of Yangtze River we call it the ASY region in southern China or Southeast Asia, Savolainen says.
The Y data supports previous evidence from mitochondrial DNA. Taken together, the two studies provide very strong evidence that dogs originated in the ASY region, Savolainen says.
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Heir of the dog ping.
WOOF WOOF PING.
The cat’s dog does look Oriental, come to think of it.
And the people that claim the historic right to all that land hates dogs
I have always thought chihuahuas [I have two] are from Asia ... not Mexico.
Read a funny article decades ago about a reporter going to Chihuahua, Mexico. There are no chihuahuas there! Epic Fail!
Dogs will eat ANYTHING!
Confucius say: Dog, dog leash, dog bone, dog whistle, dog collar, dog shock collar, dog stick, dog frisbie, dog house, dog bowl, hot dog, all first invented in China.
I can sleep now, knowing that dogs escaped the woks!
I thought they proved long long time ago that all domesticated dogs came from the tibetan wolf.
"The longest river of China and of Asia, flowing about 5,551 km (3,450 mi) from Xizang (Tibet) to the East China Sea."
No, your mongrel is a Mongol.
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Other than the two-legged kind, that is.
I love this guys work but finding those gene sequences doesn’t pinpoint anything. Species migrate and this wolf species once roamed from eastern Europe to eastern Asia. The fact that they’re only found in China now doesn’t tell us anything about 50,000 ya.
The tibetan wolf is a very rare subspecies of the eurasian wolf and very unique. It does not exist in south east china. There are striking differences between the tibetan wolf skull and the skulls of all other wolves. There is also some subtle different behavior.
My own belief is that dogs are not all from tibetan wolves, but that tibetan wolves are all partially domesticated.
Just goes to show how smart dogs really are. They fled from a part of the world where they eat dogs to lands where the people loved them.
What really happened, some family was visiting Asia on vacation, left the dog behind because they had to make the boat, and it took years, but the dog followed them all the way back to the Americas. And brought all the rest with him.