Scientific Name of Dog

Canis lupus familiaris

The genus Canis also includes dog-like carnivores such as wolves, jackals and coyotes. Moreover, all modern-day dogs are descendants of the wolves – and the current variations that we see today occurred through domestication. However, scientists are unsure of when and how this domestication occurred. Some scientists speculate that this domestication happened roughly 130,000 years ago (from DNA analysis). This implies that the wolves were domesticated long before humans discovered agriculture.

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