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With all the interbreeding that has gone on over the years amongst dogs from around the world, tracing dog lineages can be very difficult.
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.
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 manâ€™s best friend.
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.
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