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Is the dog the oldest companion of the human?

The examination of the dog’s DNA showed that the dog is the oldest companion of man. Scientists analyzed the genomes of 27 ancient canine remains. The analyzed fossils have been found in various areas – all over Europe, the Middle East, and Siberia. The study shows that the domestication of dogs can be traced to 11,000 years. This confirms that dogs were domesticated before other known species.

The research was conducted by scientists from the Francis Crick Institute, the University of Oxford, the University of Vienna, and archaeologists from over 10 countries. Scientists found that before any other animal was domesticated, there were already at least five different types of dogs with distinct genetic ancestors. This shows that dogs must have been domesticated much earlier. An international team analyzed the entire genomes of 27 ancient canine remains associated with various archaeological cultures. They compared them with each other and with modern dogs. The samples were between 11,000 and 100 years old.

Greger Larson, the co-author of the study at the University of Oxford, said: “Dogs are our oldest and closest animal partner. Using the DNA of ancient dogs shows how far our history together goes. “

The research was published in the journal Science.