15000 years! That's how long dogs have been our best friends!
09 Feb 2015
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Scientists have finally been able to put a collar and leash the timeline for modern domesticated dogs. Man’s best friend has been around for more than 15,000 years and the new study proves that the modern dog has been domesticated for as long as the early humans.
As per a new study released by the team in the Nature Journal Scientific Reports, a new 3D analysis of the skulls shows that the early dogs were in fact wolves and were domesticated for over 15000 years ago, when humans were the the process of forming settlements and farming. The dogs were companions who would stay alongside and protect the families from wildlife and intruders.
A 3D scanner and a 3D visualisation software was used to study the shape and size of the skulls of the wolves and the dogs. The scans allowed the team to identify subtle morphological differences between dogs and wolves especially when it comes to the direction of eye cavity and the angle between the muzzle and the forehead. Dogs have been estimated to have split from the wolf from anywhere between 7000 years to 30000 years ago. It was only about 200 years back that the first breeds and breed standards were introduced.