The First Dogs Evolve

The experts at Alaska Dog Works identified 50 key moments in the history of dogs that define the species in a chronological timeline.

15,000–40,000 years ago: The first dogs evolve

Human beings were in direct competition and conflict with wolves for time immemorial, both killing wolves and being killed by their packs. According to Smithsonian Magazine, both gray wolves and the animals that would come to be known as dogs evolved from a single now-extinct species of wolf. The former would be one of humanity’s greatest adversaries and the latter would become its most important partner in the animal kingdom.

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