Thanks to some fancy-pants carbon-dating of a dog’s skull found in Siberia, dogs may of have been man’s best friend for more than 30,000 years–twice as long as previously thought.
One of the co-authors of the recent study said the finding broadens the timeline of humans interacting with the natural world. While humans have depended on animals since the dawn of the human species, domestication of animals indicates a relationship between the two.
However, it’s not believed that the Siberian or Belgian dogs are direct ancestors to today’s modern dogs. It’s likely these early canines didn’t survive the worst part of the Ice Age about 20,000 years ago.
Recent research indicates today’s modern dogs originated in the Middle East and East Asia.
Source: Arizona Republic