On the basis of research in archeozoology and molecular genetics, it is established that the wolf is the main ancestor of the dog and that domestication would have occurred some 14,000 or 15,000 years ago, 5,000 years before the domestication of another species. The place or places of the first domestication are discussed and would be located on the Eurasian continent. The hypotheses on the reasons for the domestication of the dog and on the mechanism of the evolution of the canine species from the wolf are reviewed.
|Publication Title||Bulletin of the French Veterinary Academy|
|Publisher||Veterinary Academy of France, Paris|
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