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Dogs And People Have More In Common Than You Might Think

It looks like dog DNA has evolved in lockstep with our DNA. A new study finds evidence in Nigeria's street dogs.
One of the most famous African dog breeds, the basenji is closely related to street dogs found throughout West Africa. Source: Tara Gregg / EyeEm

The bond between humans and dogs isn't just psychological or the common love of bacon.

It's also genetic.

For about 15,000 years, dogs have migrated in lockstep with humans across the globe. They have followed us from Asia into Europe, North America and back to Africa — all the while hunting, protecting and snuggling us.

Now it looks

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