I read an interesting theory that said that dogs may have domesticated themselves. They were wolves who started out by following humans and scavenging from their camps, and then got bolder and bolder, setting up nightly near the humans. The benefit of having wolves to warn when danger approached became obvious soon enough, and the people reciprocated by supporting the wolves, throwing them bones, etc.
Over time, the wolves that prospered were the ones that got along with humans and that were able to read our intentions. They were brought into the human camp, and then breeding changed them even more.
I had always assumed that wolves were domesticated when humans nabbed a few pups and started raising them, but some research indicates that that would not have worked, because the wolves had to change first before they would be compatible with people. Who knows, but it's fascinating stuff.
posted on 11/21/2005 9:16:31 PM PST
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