Clive Wynne, PhD

The Wolf that Came in from the Cold

It is widely accepted that dogs are descended from wolves, but that is about the only uncontroversial fact about the origins of dogs. I will consider the evidence from genetics, archeology, anthropology and psychology that proposes dates of origin from over 100,000 to 10,000 years ago, locations of origin from China to Israel, and several different ideas for how dogs came into being. I shall discuss what I discovered when I went and saw Belyaev’s fox experiment in Siberia, the Natufian burials of people with canids in Israel, and went hunting with indigenous people in Nicaragua. Out of these experiences, I have come to a new proposal for the origin of dogs.

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