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November 9 2013

Were first dogs our best friends, or mutant vermin? The tale wags on


Dogs are traditionally seen as "man's best friend," but an expert on canine cognition says the origin of the species may not have been all that warm and fuzzy: Dogs could have started out as mutant wolves that rooted around in the garbage like rats.

"Those dogs are not our best friends," says Clive D.L. Wynne, who heads up Arizona State University's Canine Science Collaboratory. "They are vermin, along with other nasty things that are in the trash. But then a second phase kicks in." Humans discovered that dogs could be very useful. And tasty, too.

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