A group of researchers conducted an expedition in Russia’s Taymyr Peninsula and came back with some very interesting findings. It seems that the friendship between dogs and humans started no less than 27.000 years ago. There’s a double forever in the Man and Dog, Bff’s since forever assertion and that certainly is not a mistake. Men and dogs have been best friends ever since the days when no man knew that a double forever is something improbable.
The team of researchers has found an ancient wolf bone during their Russia expedition. After close analysis, they reached the conclusion it is a common ancestor of dogs and wolfs, clue that opened up the possibility that domestication occurred earlier that it was thought. Scientific journals report that the wolf-dog split has actually happened 16.000 years ago.
Add up another 10.000 of friendship between man and animal and the numbers will speak more truth. This 27.000 years old wolf bone is the farthest-reaching evidence that companionship with human creatures was probable and possible since forever.
Only in recent history scientists have managed to settle for a common ground on which to build a relevant history of today’s domestic dogs. Some theories say that dogs descended from wolves in a sort of linear evolution of the same species. Eventually it was revealed that wolves and dogs aren’t at all related but instead, they both came from a common ancestor thousands of years ago and have been evolving on their own, ever since. The finding on the Taimyr Peninsula strengthens this theory, revealing the oldest to date common ancestor of dogs and wolves.
Researchers made their analysis based on the comparison between the DNA of the ancient wolf and the DNA of modern wolves and dogs. They used an assumed mutation rate to reverse the molecular clock and estimate a certain time when the split could have happened. Of course the new species of animals appeared long before the domestication process started to incubate. Figures show that the beginning of the beautiful friendship between a man and his dog could have happened long before humans started farming, which was no less than 10.000 years ago.
Data is anyhow irrelevant. Our best friends are here to stay and there’s a lot of history behind this assertion. Even researchers got lost in all their data, trying to find out a certain reason why dogs and humans have bonded. “There’s something there we don’t quite understand yet”, Robert Wayne, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of California declares. “Dogs were fundamentally important to humans in a way that other animals weren’t”.
Yes, they were. They taught humans what love, loyalty and companionship are. And this is something you cannot assess with statistics, scientific researches, studies or analysis. In this matter, all the analysis comes from the heart, and that is something which can never be translated either in words on papers, graphics or figures.
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