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When were dogs domesticated?

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Recent evidence suggests that dogs were first domesticated anywhere between 18,000 and 36,000 years ago. However, there is still much left to study and the evidence is not conclusive.

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What is known about the domestication of dogs is that they were fully integrated into human society as recently as 10,000 years ago. However, a fossil found in Siberia counters the previous thought that dogs were domesticated 12,000 years ago in East Asia. Using mitochondrial DNA sampling, scientists discovered the remains of a dog that bore a closer genetic resemblance to a domesticated dog than to a wolf. However, the test used only a small portion of the dog's genome, and further fossil finds are necessary to continue the study.

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