I think that this article, suggesting that dogs may have evolved from the wolves who were “able to scavenge and digest the food waste of early farmers”, isn’t quite as satisfying an explanation as others I’ve read for how dogs are different from wolves. However, I think it does explain why the domestication of dogs is so much more ancient than the domestication of cats. Dogs—socially, behaviorally, ecologically, and physiologically more similar to us than cats—were just easier to domesticate.
The Not-Entirely-Carnivorous Dog
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