I just read something interesting on the internet about the origin of canines. So far most scientists have believed that they descend from the grey wolf and that some, perhaps by the help of a mutation, adapted to humans. Most likely they lived on what was left over when the humans had fed. But now they have checked the DNA on three different wolves. One from Israel, one from China and one from Croatia. They also collected the DNA from an Australian Dingo, an African Basenji and they already had it from a Boxer.
They chose wolves from these three places because scientists have believed that the domestication of dogs might have started in Middle East, Asia or eastern Europe. The reason they started this was to try and find out where domestication started and when. They got a result they hadn’t counted on. It turns out that the three different dogs actually were closer related to each other than to any wolf! So now they have started to believe that our dogs might descend from a now extinct wolf. They have however bread with our wolves every now and again but it seems clear that they not come from our wolves of today.
Still no work done by the beavers.
Perhaps that wolf they descend from didn’t live in packs like the grey wolf because dogs doesn’t behave like wolves especially much to be honest. For instance, they can’t hunt like wolves do. They have seen in feral dogs that they might hunt in packs but they can’t organize the hunt. They all sort of play their own game with no organisation at all unlike wolves where every member knows its role in the hunt. Alpha dogs really doesn’t exist like in wolves, any dog can get puppies in a pack. They also tend to follow the nicest dog and perhaps not the one most suited to lead a group. Aggressive dogs tend to be lonely dogs that all other stays away from. I wish more people read articles like these so that they could understand how wrong it is to hit the dog they have!
It’s time to make some tea and something to eat. Tomorrow I’ll get the books I ordered last week, the package was too big for my mailbox so I need to go to the grocerystore in Gudhem. I could have brought them home today but I thought since I won’t write any blog tomorrow it would be better to go there then instead.