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(National Geographic)   In Soviet Russia, dogs domesticate you   (news.nationalgeographic.com) divider line 1
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I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. The thesis that dogs come from humans stealing wolf pups never made a lot of sense. Why would the wolf pups stay, and why would the humans want them? The counter thesis that dogs come from wolves who joined early hunters is closer to the truth, but not all of it.

I think mutually benefit is by far the simpler explanation. Wolves cleaned up after humans and then started following them around. Eventually, bold wolves started hunting along side humans, and were rewarded by sharing in the spoils and getting to sit by the fire. Less bold wolves stayed behind. There's your split.

The traits we see in dogs (protection, hunting) clearly have a basis in wolf-behaviour, but the desire for human affection and companionship is clearly a dog thing and not a wolf thing. We just gave the wolves who had this latent trait a reason to discover their hidden proto-dog nature. The we bred that trait selectively for 15,000 years.
 
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