MOSCOW – Russian scientist found a fossil dog tooth in Siberia that is 33,000 years old and believed to belong to the very first domesticated wolf-dog breed.
NDJ World | Published: Mar 07 2013 Europe→World News
The scientists published their findings in the American science magazine ‘PLOS ONE’ (Public library of Science).
Anna Druzhkova, researcher at the Russian Institute of molecular biology and cell biology and one of the authors of the article, says that DNA results clearly show the tooth belonged to a forefather of the modern dog.
The fossil tooth belongs to a ‘hybrid’ dog specie; a mixed breed between a wolf and a dog.
Domesticating dogs began long before agriculture started 10,000 years ago.
Although scientists aren’t exactly certain at what timeline the wolf and the dog separated into two distinct species they agree the ‘split’ happened over 100,000 years ago.
Prior to finding this fossil, scientists uncovered a dog fossils that dates back 36,000 years ago.
The fossil tooth was found in Siberia’s ‘Alta mountains’. Scientists thus refer to their find as the toot belonging to the ‘Alta Dog’.
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