February 4, 2014

Genome Study Reveals New Insights on Dogs

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New research by an international team of scientists provides the most precise answer yet on the evolutionary origins of our favorite canine companions.

According to an analysis of modern dog and wolf DNA from areas of the world thought to be the geographic origins of canine domestication, Prof. Adam Siepel ’94, biological statistics and computational biology, and Ilan Gronau grad have concluded that dogs and wolves diverged from a common ancestor between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago, before the development of agriculture.

Sun File PhotoDiverging doggies | Prof. Adam Siepel, biological statistics and computational biology, and Ilan Gronau grad co-authored a study as part of an international team of scientists working to determine the evolutionary origins of wolves and domesticated dogs.

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