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Top dogs: wolf domestication and wealth

Carlos A Driscoll12 and David W Macdonald1*

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1 Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, The Recanati-Kaplan Centre, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Tubney House, Abingdon Road, Tubney, Abingdon OX13 5QL, UK

2 Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, Genetics Section, Bldg 560, Rm 11-26, National Cancer Institute-Frederick Cancer Research Facility, Frederick, Maryland 21702-1201, USA

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Journal of Biology 2010, 9:10  doi:10.1186/jbiol226

Published: 24 February 2010


A phylogeographic analysis of gene sequences important in determining body size in dogs, recently published in BMC Biology, traces the appearance of small body size to the Neolithic Middle East. This finding strengthens the association of this event with the development of sedentary societies, and perhaps even has implications for the inception of human social inequality.

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