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A New Origin Story for Dogs

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Nice gif. 

So dogs come from two different families of wolves?

Yes, one Asian and one European / Middle Eastern.

I'm sure each found the other exotic. 

Great weekend read.

The study informally known as the Big Dog Project was born of frustration. Back in 2011, Larson was working hard on the origin of domestic pigs, and became annoyed that scientists studying dogs were getting less rigorous papers in more prestigious journals, simply because their subjects were that much more charismatic and media-friendly. So he called up his longstanding collaborator Keith Dobney. “Through gritted teeth, I said: We’re fucking doing dogs. And he said: I’m in.”

He makes science sound exciting!

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