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New study asks how your favorite doggos came to be

The most extensive evolutionary map of dog breeds ever made
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Dogs: We love them. Like, a lot. In fact, humans have been hanging out with doggos for at least 15,000 years or so, and likely a lot longer. Over the course of that long, mutually beneficial friendship, we've done a lot of strange things to our four-legged companions, controlling their reproduction to coax them into breeds that suit our (sometimes absurd) needs.

While all pups are members of the same species (Canis lupus familiaris, descended from the gray wolf), we've created more than 350 distinct varieties to date (to say nothing of the increasingly popular labradoodles and their hybrid ilk). By selecting traits that make dogs better at

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