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A widely held belief is that dogs evolved from gray wolves, but a new study finds that the common ancestor of dogs and wolves went extinct thousands of years ago. Credit: Flickr What's more, the extensive DNA analysis -- published in the latest PLoS Genetics -- found that dogs are more closely related to each other than to wolves, regardless of their geographic origin. The genetic overlap seen today between dogs and wolves is likely then due to interbreeding after dog domestication. "The common ancestor of dogs and wolves was a large, wolf-like animal that lived between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago," Robert Wayne, co-senior author of the study, told Discovery News. "Based on DNA evidence,...

A wolf-and-coyote-hunting competition in Idaho is causing controversy between hunting advocates and wildlife conservationists. Conservationists are decrying the competition as barbaric killing, while ranchers and hunters contend the wolves and coyotes are a threat to livestock. Credit: Thinkstock The competition will happen in the town of Salmon, Idaho, at the end of the month. Teams of two will hunt wolves and coyotes in an attempt to win trophies for largest wolf killed, most female coyotes killed, and other such achievements. It is believed to be the first wolf hunt in the United States in almost 40 years. Wolves came under the protection of the Endangered Species Act in 1974, but in...

New DNA evidence suggests that dogs were first domesticated in Europe between 19,000 and 32,000 years ago, according to the Associated Press. #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-532174{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-532174, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-532174{width:520px;height:383px;display:block;} ‚ÄčThe new research is based on DNA taken from the fossils of 18 ancient animals related to dogs and wolves. The fossils were found in Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the United States. When compared to DNA from modern dogs and wolves, similarities between the ancient animals and the modern canines were...

We've heard of a wolf in sheep's clothing, but how about a wolf in wolf's clothing? Zbigniew Pieczyk, 50, a farmer in Poland, took in what he thought was a stray puppy, and chose the animal to watch his flock of sheep. It wasn't until the "puppy" started howling that Pieczyk realized he had a wolf hiding in plain sight, according to the Metro U.K. "I thought it was a sheepdog pup or a German shepherd," Pieczyk said. "When it started to howl every night, I realized I'd made one hell of a mistake and I called the...