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DNA Analysis Indicates Domesticated Dogs Originated In Europe
2013-11-15 07:00:03

[ Watch the Video: Where Did Dogs Really Come From? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An extensive genetic analysis of ancient canines, modern dogs and wolves suggests that the domesticated animal now known as “man’s best friend” originated in Europe at least 18,000 years ago. According to the Associated Press (AP), the researchers examined the DNA of 18 different wolf-like and dog-like specimens that lived in Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Russia,...

Mother Wolves Determine Pack Health
2012-10-11 15:33:17

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online After studying the gray wolves of Yellowstone Park for 14 years, biologists have discovered the key to raising happy, healthy, productive wolf cubs. The secret? Cooperation and a nice, heavy mother. These gray wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in the mid-1990s. Since then, the wolves have been widely studied by biologists and scientists as they work to figure out what makes these carnivorous...

2012-06-12 14:17:21

Although humans and woolly mammoths co-existed for millennia, the shaggy giants disappeared from the globe between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago, and scientists couldn't explain until recently exactly how the Flinstonian behemoths went extinct. In a paper published June 12 in the journal Nature Communications, UCLA researchers and colleagues reveal that not long after the last ice age, the last woolly mammoths succumbed to a lethal combination of climate warming, encroaching humans and...

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2010-03-18 07:20:00

Modern domestic canines, long thought to have been first domesticated in Asia or Europe, may actually trace their roots back to the Middle East, a team of scientists have discovered. The research, led by UCLA ecology and evolutionary biology professor Robert Wayne and published on March 17 in the online edition of Nature, found that dogs have more in common genetically with Middle Eastern gray wolves than any other canine species in the world. "Genome-wide analysis now directly suggests a...

2009-11-13 13:40:44

UCLA biologists, colleagues solve mystery contemplated by Charles Darwin When Charles Darwin visited the Falkland Islands during the voyage of the Beagle in 1835, he saw a wolf-like species, wrote about it in his diaries and correctly commented that it was being hunted in such large numbers that it would soon become extinct. Darwin was baffled by how this animal got on the islands, and it figured heavily in the formation of his ideas on evolution by natural selection. Now, UCLA biologists and...


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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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