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This tiny bone fragment holds clues to dog's history

Douglas Levere/University of Buffalo

A tiny bone fragment provides the clues

The history of dogs living with humans has been intertwined for thousands of years. Now a study proves how and when dogs arrived in the Americas.

This tiny bone fragment—less than 1 cm—found in Southeast Alaska, provides genetic evidence that a dog lived in the region about 10,150 years ago. Scientists say the remains—a piece of a femur—represent the oldest confirmed remains of a domestic dog in the Americas.

Researchers analyzed the dog's mitochondrial genome, and concluded that the animal belonged to a lineage of dogs whose evolutionary history diverged from that of Siberian dogs as early as 16,700 years ago. The timing of that split coincides with a period when humans may have been migrating into North America along a coastal route that included Southeast Alaska.

Source: Science Today

map of route dogs took to Americas

Route dogs took to Americas

Bob Wilder / University at Buffalo

B.L. Ochman
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B.L. Ochman is the human companion of Lucy the Rescue Puppy. She is a professional writer, podcast producer and trusted advisor to brands in verticals from cars to cookies. She's a native New Yorker and lover of Central Park—where dogs can be off-leash until 9 am. She also is a really pretty good swing dancer.

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