April 8th 2010 12:05 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 8th of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.
Happy Thursday! Happy birthday to my dad! Today is also "National D.A.R.E. Day" and "One Day Without Shoes Day."
Where Do Dogs Come From? DNA Study Says It's The Middle East
Locked deep in the DNA of man's best friend are secrets and clues that have teased scientists for years, ever since the discovery that dogs evolved from wolves long, long ago. But when, where and how did it happen? It's an ancient puzzle that experts are still trying to piece together, with intriguing results.
Just last week, an international team of researchers announced they had finally figured out where in the world dogs first originated: the Middle East, though they can't pinpoint a more specific location. "Dogs seem to share more genetic similarity with Middle Eastern gray wolves than with any other wolf population worldwide," one of the study's lead authors, Robert Wayne, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) tells Science Daily. "We know that dogs from the Middle East were closely associated with humans because they were found in ancient human burial sites," Wayne is quoted as saying. "In one case, a puppy is curled up in the arms of a buried human."
The study also found that while "80 percent of today's modern breeds evolved in the last few hundred years, some dog breeds have ancient histories that go back thousands of years," reports Science Daily. According to the study's authors, these ancient breeds include the "basenji, Afghan hound, Samoyed, saluki, Canaan dog, New Guinea singing dog, dingo, chow chow, Chinese Shar Pei, Akita, Alaskan malamute, Siberian husky and American Eskimo dog."
Wayne and his team reached the conclusion about the Middle Eastern origin of dogs after analyzing genetic data from 912 dogs representing 85 different breeds, as well as 225 gray wolves from all over the world. Advanced molecular genetic techniques allowed the scientists to analyze more than 48,000 genetic markers, which was a first in the scientific community, reports Science Daily.
It's a finding that conflicts with a study published last year by a different group of scientists that found dogs originated some 16,000 years ago in China, just south of the Yangtze River. Led by Peter Savolainen, a researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, the study was based upon an analysis of the mitochondrial DNA of dogs, a very different method than the one used by Wayne and his team. Savolainen disputes the research that places the origin of dogs solely in the Middle East, but Wayne disputes that it's East Asia.
"I hope it doesn't become a big fight," Wayne told reporters. After all, there are other mysteries yet to be solved. Scientists still don't know exactly how some wolves became domesticated, eventually leading to canis familiaris.
60 Second's adopted dog of the day
CoCo is a 5-year-old spayed female Cocker Spaniel. She is good with other dogs. Coco is a pretty little girl who is looking for a new place to call home. Let's hope that she finds it ASAP! ♥
Cute Dog Video Of The Day
The Tickle Monster
Who is this?
It's actress Rachel Bilson chasing her speedy pooch in North Hollywood, Calif.
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Search Team Never Gave Up On Tater Tot the Dog After Crash
The only thing Trish Dale remembers about the car accident is a "big crash and then a bang." Next thing she knew, she was recovering from a wreck that sent her and her two yellow Labs, Buddy and Tater Tot, flipping six times on I-93 in Manchester, N.H., in late March.
"I didn't know we flipped over at all," recalls Dale, 38, in a recent telephone interview. Dale, of Warren, Vt., was driving back from a doctor's appointment when she fell asleep behind the wheel of her Audi and drifted off the road.
Much to Dale's horror, once the car stopped, her dogs were nowhere to be found.
"The worst moment of my entire life was looking in the back seat to tell the puppies we were ok, and they were gone," Trish says.
While emergency medical crews worked to pull Trish from her mangled vehicle, Tater Tot and Buddy somehow managed to escape, and jumped out of the broken passenger side back window. Buddy stayed nearby, but Dale's husband John says Tater Tot took off across four lanes of rush-hour traffic and disappeared.
While Trish recovered from a concussion, broken nose and two black eyes, John distributed missing dog posters throughout Manchester and formed an impressive 100-plus-member search party.
Three days later, a search party volunteer spotted Tater Tot near the crash site.
John and pooch pal Buddy rushed to the scene, where the dog was able to pick up Tater Tot's scent and track her down in the nearby woods. Tater Tot immediately responded to Buddy's loud cries and barks.
"I didn't want to allow myself to think that we wouldn't find her," says John. "When we finally did find her, I just started screaming, 'We found her! We found her!' I was so excited."
The reunion with Tater Tot was emotional. "It was extremely heart-warming all the way around. That we found her and that all those people around Manchester helped out was just incredible," John says.
Trish says Tater Tot "went nuts" when the two were finally reunited. But she could tell her furry friend was extremely tired.
"I think when [Tater Tot] saw me she realized how exhausted she was. She said, 'Oh, it's mommy. I'm back with mommy and we're all together again now.' She let out a deep sigh and kind of let her hair down," Trish says.
More than a week after the crash, Trish and Tater Tot are both recovering (and cuddling together) at their Vermont home. The pooch suffered injuries to her front and hind right legs—a seemingly small price to pay to be back together with her best friends.
Trish says the real angels protecting her that day were the dogs. "That [Trish] was able to get out without any serious injuries is just amazing," John adds. "Without getting too religious here, she had angels protecting her from being killed, as did the puppies."
That will be it for this edition of the news. Thanks for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.
You are an AWESOME reporter ! ! ! ! That piece on precious Tater Tot was a real tear-jerker, & all your pictures are beyond priceless. You are just TOOOOO CUTE FOR WORDS. We love you ! ! ! !
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