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>From the *Washington Post*, 11/21/02: "Who Let the Dogs Out? Researchers Peg East Asia as Origin of Co-Domestication" "Research has long indicated that all dogs ... are the domesticated descendants of wolves. But scientists have tussled like puppies over the question of when and where the transition from wild carnivore to newspaper-toting pet began -- and why, exactly, dogs and humans have gotten along so well. Now a new analysis of dog DNA pegs East Asia as the place where wolves and people began their dance of co-domestication -- not Europe or the Middle East, as some experts have contended. The work also suggests that domestication began about 15,000 years ago, much more recently than some had previously concluded. But it's an accompanying study, also being published today, that has dog-lovers really panting. In the first direct comparison of its kind between dogs and chimpanzees, dogs demonstrated an uncanny ability to interpret human communicative cues -- gleaning information from subtle hand gestures and even getting the meaning of a human glance -- while the brainy chimps remained clueless to what was going on." Full text: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22090-2002Nov21.html John McMahon Classics Le Moyne College