A most recent study in connection to this matter has offered surprising results in terms of how long our friendly relationship with the dogs has been. The dogs are the best friends of the human beings says a famous adage and this fact is certainly confirmed by the fantastic number of animal lovers around nowadays. As the influential Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer has recently observed during a conference he held in Bucharest, there are a lot of animal lovers. However, humans most often show their love for the animals when it comes to cats and dogs or, in some cases, horses. There are not a lot of chicken lovers, for example, and when there are such persons their love for chickens is often perceived in a wrong way. Anyway, the dogs have been near humans since ancient times and a recent report even states that dogs may have been our best friends for longer than we thought.
Until now, we have known that dogs and the wolves of our present times share the same ancestors. In addition to that, researchers had discovered that the split in the evolutionary progress happened nearly 16,000 years ago. Still, the most recent scientific info in connection to this matter highlights the fact that this split may have happened even earlier than the previously thought date. Scientist have estimated that such a split may have happened approximately 40,000 years ago.
The scientific report has been recently published in the Current Biology journal and it has raised the interest of the academic communities in connection to this subject.
When it comes to the domestication of dogs, the facts have been questioned by the recent study as well. Until now, the scientists thought that dogs have been domesticated by the human beings after the pigs and cattle became our pets. Still, there is a fantastic relationship between dogs and humans and such a fact has been confirmed by the results of the scientific report published by the Current Biology journal.
It looks like the humans started the process of domesticating dogs about 10,000 years ago. This is even before the human race proceeded to farming and stable settlements. So maybe the dogs accompanied the humans in their nomadic journeys throughout the unexplored Earth.
“There’s something there we don’t quite understand yet. Dogs were fundamentally important to humans in a way that other animals weren’t.”
said Robert Wayne, a scientist affiliated to the University of California, Los Angeles.
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