Dogs were first domesticated in Asia, not Europe - scientists

Dogs were first domesticated in Central Asia, in the region of Nepal or Mongolia.

A group of scientists conducted a study and found that dogs were first domesticated in Central Asia, and not in Europe, as previously thought.

Scientists analyzed the DNA of 4, 676 purebred dogs of 161 breeds and 549 country dogs from 38 countries. Country dogs are dogs that cannot be called either wild or domestic in the full sense of the word. These dogs lived next to people, but at the same time did not depend on them - they independently procured food and found partners for mating.

According to the authors of the study, it was in the DNA of such dogs that traces of the genes of the first domesticated dogs could be preserved. In addition, the scientists examined the chromosomes inherited by the animals from both parents, and not just from the mother, as was done before.

The researchers concluded that dogs were first domesticated not in Europe, as previously thought, but in Central Asia, in the region of Nepal or Mongolia. Scientists have not been able to establish the exact time of domestication.

The text of the study can be found in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Recall that earlier scientists found evidence that modern dogs in ancient times were much more agile than they are now, and outwardly looked very much like cats.

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