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15-04-2015, 06:57 PM (This post was last modified: 15-04-2015 09:00 PM by OceanTherapist.)
Dog evolution
Has anyone done any research on dog evolution? Where did they originate? How did they get the features that they have today?

I have 2 dogs. One is a basenji, an ancient breed from Africa that isn't fully domesticated yet and hasn't fully evolved to a standard breed. Basenji's haven't developed vocal chords for barking. They also have a unique foot where two of the toes are forged together. They were prized by the Egyptians. Basenji's are the oldest known breed around today with cave paintings of them dating back to 6000bc. I think it's pretty cool to own a dog that has been virtually untouched and unchanged by dog breeders since basenji's have came into existence.
My other dog is the complete opposite from a basenji. He's a boxer. I'm sure everyone knows what a boxer is so I won't go into details on him. But I will say that these two breeds couldn't be more opposites. The boxer is completely reliant on me for everything and requires lots guidance. The less domesticated basenji could survive on its own without human interaction.

Here's an interesting little article I came across on dog evolution:
http://www.futurity.org/dogs-evolved-peo...d-farming/

Some info on basenji's:
http://www.futurity.org/dogs-evolved-peo...d-farming/
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15-04-2015, 07:29 PM
RE: Dog evolution
You may find this article interesting. It describes a book that proposes early dogs helped man out compete our Neanderthal cousins.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/...gbooktalk/
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15-04-2015, 07:40 PM
RE: Dog evolution
I remember reading that most modern dog breeds have appeared in the last 100 years or so.

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15-04-2015, 08:06 PM
RE: Dog evolution
(15-04-2015 07:29 PM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  You may find this article interesting. It describes a book that proposes early dogs helped man out compete our Neanderthal cousins.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/...gbooktalk/

I can't find the article anymore but there was a 15,000 year old man found with a basenji foot.
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15-04-2015, 08:29 PM
RE: Dog evolution
(15-04-2015 08:06 PM)Ocean theRAPIST Wrote:  I can't find the article anymore but there was a 15,000 year old man found with a basenji foot.

can't decide between
That must have made walking difficult...
and
Great, finally a transitional fossil....

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15-04-2015, 09:00 PM
RE: Dog evolution
(15-04-2015 08:29 PM)unfogged Wrote:  
(15-04-2015 08:06 PM)Ocean theRAPIST Wrote:  I can't find the article anymore but there was a 15,000 year old man found with a basenji foot.

can't decide between
That must have made walking difficult...
and
Great, finally a transitional fossil....

The first ever man/dog
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