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Domestic Dogs Originate from Southern China, say Chinese Scientists

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New research conducted by Chinese scientists suggests that domestic dogs originate from southern China, Xinhua reported on Sunday.

The theory was put forward in a report by scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), published in the US-based scientific journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) recently.

Previous research has generally attributed the domestication of dog to areas including East Asia, Central Asia, Europe and Middle East. But according to Wang Guodong, researcher at the CAS’s Kunming Institute of Zoology and lead author of the report, their study on domestic dogs in southern China suggests the dogs in in this part of the world have the “smallest linkage disequilibrium distance” between their genes, which indicates that they come from a time when the domestic dog population was possibly at its smallest and gave rise to all the different types of domestic dogs that exist today.

Wang said further researches will be conducted on the team’s fieldwork result and over 1,000 samples, to determine the more accurate origin of domestic dogs.

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