Did we domesticate dogs, or did dogs domesticate us?
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But controversies abound concerning where a long-feared animal first became our closest domestic partner. Genetic studies have pinpointed everywhere from southern China to Mongolia to Europe. Scientists can only guess how dogs and humans first became friendly. Most likely, it was wolves that approached us, not the other way around, probably while they were scavenging around garbage dumps on the edge of human settlements.
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