Fun times for those of us who like to read about this stuff.
About the domestication event(s) I'm sort of one the side of a single event but the evidence can run either way.
"Phylogenetic tree of dog and wolf sequences show that dog sequences cluster into four clades. This result suggests that either wolves were domesticated in several places and at different times or that there was one domestication event followed by several episodes of admixture between dogs and wolves." (Vila', Maldonado, Wayne, Phylogenetic Relationships, Evolution, and Genetic Diversity of the Domestic Dog)
"The earliest finding of dog remains a jawbone from Germany which is 14,000 years old."
Interesting that they got this wrong. Oldest identified dog remains are 14,000 to 18,000 years old from Siberia. And the oldest identified dog-like fossil is 190,000 to 130,000 BP
Anyway thanks for posting this. Now I'm really looking forward to my next issue of Science.
posted on 11/21/2002 7:32:11 PM PST
Interesting that they got this wrong. Oldest identified dog remains are 14,000 to 18,000 years old from Siberia.
What makes a dog a dog is behavior, not appearance. A dog-looking wolf or jackal is a wolf or jackal, and visa versa. You can't tell from a fossile if a creature attacked small children or befriended them. This is the type of going far beyond all evidence that should mark the so-called scientist who comes up with this stuff as a crank.
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