Your pet dog probably descended from a European wolf
The fierce scientific debate over the origins of the modern-day canine (yes, that's a thing) has taken a new turn: European hunter-gatherers, researchers announced, are likely responsible for the domestication of ancient wolves.
Based on an analysis of DNA evidence from ancient and modern dogs and wolves, the findings, published yesterday in the journal Science, put the moderns dog's origins further west, and earlier in history, than previously believed. While earlier studies suggested the dog was first domesticated by human societies in the Middle East or East Asia as recently as 15,000 years ago, the researchers say it actually occurred much earlier: somewhere between 18,800 and 32,100 years back.
The Washington Post describes how early humans may have managed to turn a fierce predator into man's best friend: