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Genetic Study Confirms: First Dogs Came from East Asia
KTH Royal Institute of Technology ^ | November 23, 2011 | Katarina Ahlfort

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 today’s 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 there’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at kth.se ...


TOPICS: History; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: asia; confirms; dog; doggieping; dogs; east; first; genes; genetic; genetics; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; study

1 posted on 11/23/2011 7:43:41 PM PST by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv; Joe 6-pack

Heir of the dog ping.


2 posted on 11/23/2011 7:44:22 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

WOOF WOOF PING.

The cat’s dog does look Oriental, come to think of it.


3 posted on 11/23/2011 7:46:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: decimon
My Siberian Husky is a mooselimb! Arrrgh!
4 posted on 11/23/2011 7:47:15 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: decimon
The Dixie Dingo


5 posted on 11/23/2011 7:48:19 PM PST by blam
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To: decimon

And the people that claim the historic right to all that land hates dogs


6 posted on 11/23/2011 7:48:49 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Revolting cat!

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!


7 posted on 11/23/2011 7:49:02 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Revolting cat!

Dogs will eat ANYTHING!


8 posted on 11/23/2011 7:49:10 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: decimon

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.


9 posted on 11/23/2011 7:49:56 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping!


10 posted on 11/23/2011 7:50:06 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: decimon
Mmmmmmmm... dog!


11 posted on 11/23/2011 7:50:35 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: decimon

Feeew!
I can sleep now, knowing that dogs escaped the woks!


12 posted on 11/23/2011 8:11:33 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: decimon

I thought they proved long long time ago that all domesticated dogs came from the tibetan wolf.


13 posted on 11/23/2011 8:44:29 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
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."

http://www.answers.com/topic/chang-jiang

14 posted on 11/23/2011 9:18:30 PM PST by decimon
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To: EGPWS

No, your mongrel is a Mongol.


15 posted on 11/23/2011 10:55:14 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (We be fooked.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

16 posted on 11/24/2011 1:25:17 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: decimon; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks decimon.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


17 posted on 11/24/2011 4:43:47 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BunnySlippers
Come to think of it, I spent a little time in Rottweil and didn't see any Rottweilers there.

Other than the two-legged kind, that is.

18 posted on 11/24/2011 5:47:32 AM PST by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: decimon

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.


19 posted on 11/24/2011 6:13:33 AM PST by Varda
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To: decimon

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.


20 posted on 11/24/2011 7:49:56 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: decimon; SunkenCiv

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.


21 posted on 11/25/2011 7:16:29 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: wildbill

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.


22 posted on 11/25/2011 5:32:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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