Scientists were since long dogged by the question, where did man’s best friend originate from? While the earliest known dog-like fossils were found in Europe, DNA studies pointed fingers at East Asia and the Middle East. However, a new DNA study is now standing by the fossils and saying that dogs first came from Europe around 19000 to 32000 years ago.
Debate will not end
While the experts lauded the effort made by researchers to pinpoint the poodle’s origins, they said that this would not end the debate on the issue.
In the study that was published online on Thursday in the journal Science, it was reported that researchers had gathered DNA from the fossils of `18 ancient wolf-like and dog-like creatures which they compared to modern samples from 49 wolves and 77 dogs.