Humans and dogs first became best friends 30,000 years ago.

13/01/2022 – By Nicolas Craig

Humans and dogs first became best friends 30,000 years ago, claim scientists

New evidence suggests that wolves – the ancestors of domestic dogs – were first tamed by ancient hunter gatherers

Dogs were Ice Age man's new friend

History: Dogs and humans first became best friends about 30,000 years ago, scientists believe. This is the skull of an Ice Age wolf (Image: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences/PA)

ByAnthony Bond

  • 23:25, 14 Nov 2013
  • UPDATED08:21, 16 Nov 2013

They are known as man’s best friend.

And according to scientists, the relationship between dogs and humans could have endured for tens of thousands of years.

New research has found that the close bond started in Ice Age Europe between 19,000 and 30,000 years ago.

That was when wolves, ancestors of domestic dogs living today, were first tamed by ancient hunter gatherers, according to new genetic evidence.

The findings challenge a previous theory that dog domestication happened some 15,000 years ago in eastern Asia, after the introduction of agriculture.

In reality, the history of the bond between dog and man appears to go back much further, to a time when fur-clad humans were living in caves and hunting woolly mammoths.

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