Journal Article


Greger Larson
Daniel G Bradley
Catherine Hänni
Keith Dobney
Jean-Denis Vigne
Christophe Hitte
Olivier Chassaing
Sandrine Hughes
Benjamin Gillet
Adrian Bălăşescu
and 19 others



dna mitochondrial phylogeny human migration wolves animals domestic far east europe dogs genomics archaeology genetics animals classification haplotypes

Genomic and archaeological evidence suggest a dual origin of domestic dogs. (2016)

Abstract The geographic and temporal origins of dogs remain controversial. We generated genetic sequences from 59 ancient dogs and a complete (28x) genome of a late Neolithic dog (dated to ~4800 calendar years before the present) from Ireland. Our analyses revealed a deep split separating modern East Asian and Western Eurasian dogs. Surprisingly, the date of this divergence (~14,000 to 6400 years ago) occurs commensurate with, or several millennia after, the first appearance of dogs in Europe and East Asia. Additional analyses of ancient and modern mitochondrial DNA revealed a sharp discontinuity in haplotype frequencies in Europe. Combined, these results suggest that dogs may have been domesticated independently in Eastern and Western Eurasia from distinct wolf populations. East Eurasian dogs were then possibly transported to Europe with people, where they partially replaced European Paleolithic dogs.
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Greger Larson, Daniel G Bradley, Catherine Hänni, Keith Dobney, Jean-Denis Vigne, Christophe Hitte, Olivier Chassaing, Sandrine Hughes, Benjamin Gillet, Adrian Bălăşescu and 19 others

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Trinity College Dublin
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