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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2021 11:59 a.m. PST

…. New Research Suggests

"Two prevailing theories exist about the origin of domesticated dogs. One proposes that prehistoric humans used early dogs as hunting partners, and the other says that wolves were attracted to our garbage piles. New research suggests both theories are wrong and that the real reason has to do with our limited capacity to digest protein.

Dogs were domesticated from wild wolves during the last ice age between 14,000 and 29,000 years ago, and they were the first animals to be domesticated by humans. That humans and wolves should form a collaborative relationship is an odd result, given that both species are pack hunters who often target the same prey.

"The domestication of dogs has increased the success of both species to the point that dogs are now the most numerous carnivore on the planet," wrote the authors of a new study published today in Scientific Reports. "How this mutually beneficial relationship emerged, and specifically how the potentially fierce competition between these two carnivores was ameliorated, needs to be explained."…"
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Chuckaroobob27 Jan 2021 9:12 p.m. PST

Man's best friend!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2021 12:28 p.m. PST



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