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The Origin of Dogs: Running With the Wolves

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Science  13 Jun 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5319, pp. 1647-1648
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5319.1647

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From the pug to the St. Bernard, dogs today come in almost every size, shape, and color imaginable, but a genetic study on page 1687 of this issue shows that they all have the same forebear: the wolf. And although humans turned the wicked wolf into loyal Lassie at least twice, domestication was apparently a rare event, requiring special skill.