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Lineage Of American Dogs Has Pre-Columbian Roots
2013-07-11 13:33:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With all the interbreeding that has gone on over the years amongst dogs from around the world, tracing dog lineages can be very difficult. However, a new study from an international team of scientists has traced canine DNA lineages for uniquely American dogs, like Malamutes and Chihuahuas, back to East Asia -- supporting the theory that humans brought these breeds over the Alaskan Land Bridge that connected the two continents thousands...

Study Shows Dogs Originated in East Asia
2011-11-24 06:14:33

Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology have found genetic proof that dogs originated from wolves in East Asia south of the Yangtze river, countering an earlier study that indicated dogs were domesticated in the Middle East. According to Dr. Peter Savolainen, KTH researcher in evolutionary genetics, “Our analysis of Y-Chromosonal DNA now confirms that wolves were first domesticated in Asia south of Yangtze River – we call it the ASY region – in southern China or...

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2009-09-02 07:45:00

Previous studies in the field have indicated that East Asia is where the wolf was tamed and became the dog. It was not possible to be more precise than that. But now researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm have managed to zero in on man's best friend. "For the first time in world history it is possible to provide a detailed picture of the dog, with its birthplace, point in time, and how many wolves were tamed," says Peter Savolainen, a biology researcher at...

2009-09-01 12:10:00

"For the first time in history it is now possible to provide a detailed picture of the dog including birthplace, point in time and the number of wolves that were tamed," says Peter Savolainen, biology researcher at KTH.Together with Swedish colleagues and a Chinese research group he has made a number of new discoveries concerning the history of the dog. These discoveries have recently been published in the scientific journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, and establish that the dog arrived...


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
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