Dogs in a field.

How our Ancestors Actually Domesticated Dogs

It’s hard to resist dogs when your pooch begs for scraps from the table. Believe it or not, the act of feeding leftovers to hungry canines may have jump-started dog domestication during the last Ice Age, new research suggests.

A study published Thursday in the Journal Scientific Reports suggests that humanity’s bond with dogs began in northern Eurasia between 14,000 and 29,000 years ago, when much of the Earth was covered in ice.

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