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The origin of the dog revisited

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Abstract:

The most widely accepted hypothesis of the origin of the dog, Canis familiaris, is that the dog is a domesticated gray wolf, Canis lupus. This paper reviews the evidence for this conclusion, finds many unanswered questions and conceptual gaps in the wolf origin hypothesis, and explores the alternative hypothesis that the most likely ancestor of the domestic dog was a medium-size, generalist canid.

Keywords: CANIS FAMILIARIS; CANIS LUPUS; DOMESTICATION; WOLF

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279302786992595

Publication date: June 1, 2002

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