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A phylogeographic analysis of gene sequences important in determining body size in dogs, recently published in BMC Biology, traces the appearance of small body size to the Neolithic Middle East. This finding strengthens the association of this event with the development of sedentary societies, and perhaps even has implications for the inception of human social inequality.

Original publication

DOI

10.1186/jbiol226

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Biol

Publication Date

2010

Volume

9

Keywords

Adaptation, Biological, Animals, Animals, Domestic, Biological Evolution, DNA, Mitochondrial, Dogs, History, Ancient, Humans, Middle East, Socioeconomic Factors, Wolves