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. 

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    DNA evidence indicates that dogs evolved from an extinct species of wolf, not from the grey wolf as is popularly supposed.

  • Paul
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    2 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.

  • 3 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.

  • 3 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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  • Anonymous
    3 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. 

  • CRR
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Domestic dogs and wolves are descended from a common ancestor; the "dog" kind from Noah's Ark.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Quite probably yes.

    Dogs can mate with wolves and have fertile offspring that way. That pretty much makes them the same species

  • 3 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.

  • 3 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.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    So you find it hard to believe? Take a close look at a German Shepherd Dog and you will see the similarity.

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