Dogs had split into at least five distinct breeds by the end of the Ice Age 11,000 years ago when humans were still hunters and gatherers, study of ancient canine DNA reveals | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Dogs had split into at least five distinct breeds by the end of the Ice Age 11,000 years ago when humans were still hunters and gatherers, study of ancient canine DNA reveals

Dogs are humankind's longest-serving animal companion and millennia of coexistence has earned canines the well-deserved title of 'man's best friend'.

Now a new study has found that dogs, which evolved from wolves, were splitting into distinct breeds as far back as 11,000 years ago.

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