Wolf-to-dog transition had little to do with humans, ancient skull suggests

Wolf-to-dog transition had little to do with humans, ancient skull suggests | News | National Post

“Traditional anthropological definitions of domestication consider the process to be a deliberate act of selection by humans,” the published study states. “However, this view has been challenged in recent years by the hypothesis that animals colonized anthropogenic environments of their own volition and evolved into new (‘‘domestic’’) species via natural evolutionary processes . . . After initial changes occurred, the resulting new species were modified during their association with people via natural adaptation, human selection, and genetic drift.”

That is, nobody was “domesticated” by anyone. Humans and wolves just happened to live in proximity. Some individuals were more inclined than others to a peaceful coexistence. This trait proved advantageous; thus, a symbiosis.

A wonderful perspective on how “nature” seems to favor synergy.

Wolf-to-dog transition had little to do with humans, ancient skull suggests | News | National Post.

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