Did dogs really evolve from wolves?
I find it hard to believe that they evolved from wolves. Maybe they all came from one ancient species of canine but I don’t think they specifically evolved from wolves.
- Bulldog reduxLv 73 weeks agoFavorite Answer
DNA evidence indicates that dogs evolved from an extinct species of wolf, not from the grey wolf as is popularly supposed.
- PaulLv 72 weeks ago
Not from our current wolf species of course, but from more primitive ancient wolf species that evolved into both modern wolves and dogs.
- nineteenthlyLv 73 weeks ago
Dogs have a lot in common genetically with wolves, coyotes and jackals. It's thought by some that just as there are communities of wolves which tend to follow particular species of prey animals, there was one which tended to follow us and we selected the ones which were safest for us and killed the rest. So yes, from wolves but probably a subspecies which no longer exists apart from domesticated and stray dogs and landrace dogs such as dingoes.
- Victor BLv 43 weeks ago
Probably if evolution should be defined as "Change in the sub-cellular, or supra-cellular level within and among REPRODUCTIVELY LINKED SPECIES to ADAPT to changing environment."
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- Anonymous3 weeks ago
Most recent evidence suggests that all breeds of domestic dogs evolved from the gray wolf, not once, but perhaps 3 different times. in Eurasia. DNA evidence shows that the gray wolf is the closest relative of dogs, and that the domestication took place only about 10-13 thousand years ago. There are fossil dogs that are even older than that but these "dogs" represent a different attempt to domesticate wolves and they later died off without leaving any descendants.
- CRRLv 73 weeks ago
Domestic dogs and wolves are descended from a common ancestor; the "dog" kind from Noah's Ark.
- ZirpLv 73 weeks ago
Quite probably yes.
Dogs can mate with wolves and have fertile offspring that way. That pretty much makes them the same species
- MorningfoxLv 73 weeks ago
Your opinions matter to us. Write them up in a science paper, with supporting evidence. DNA analysis would be nice. Then get it reviewed and published.
- οικοςLv 73 weeks ago
That's the most popular explanation. Some people think that jackals were involved. However, if you look at salukis, the oldest known breed of dog, you can see similarities, such as the long muzzle, deep chest, and long legs.
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
So you find it hard to believe? Take a close look at a German Shepherd Dog and you will see the similarity.