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Authors listAnders Bergstrom Leo Speidel Pooja Swali Pontus Skoglund David WG Stanton Ulrike H Taron Laurent Frantz Mikkel-Holger S Sinding Erik Ersmark Saskia Pfrengle Molly Cassatt-Johnstone Ophélie Lebrasseur Linus Girdland-Flink Daniel M Fernandes Morgane Ollivier Shyam Gopalakrishnan Michael V Westbury Jazmin Ramos-Madrigal Tatiana R Feuerborn Ella Reiter Joscha Gretzinger Susanne C Münzel Nicholas J Conard Christian Carøe James Haile Anna Linderholm Semyon Androsov Ian Barnes Chris Baumann Norbert Benecke Hervé Bocherens Selina Brace Ruth F Carden Dorothée G Drucker Sergey Fedorov Mihály Gasparik Mietje Germonpré Semyon Grigoriev Pam Groves Stefan T Hertwig Varvara V Ivanova Luc Janssens Richard P Jennings Aleksei K Kasparov Irina V Kirillova Islam Kurmaniyazov Yaroslav V Kuzmin Pavel A Kosintsev Martina Lázničková-Galetová Charlotte Leduc Pavel Nikolskiy Marc Nussbaumer Cóilín O’Drisceoil Ludovic Orlando Alan Outram Elena Y Pavlova Angela R Perri Małgorzata Pilot Vladimir V Pitulko Valerii V Plotnikov Albert V Protopopov André Rehazek Mikhail Sablin Andaine Seguin-Orlando Jan Storå Christian Verjux Victor F Zaibert Grant Zazula Philippe Crombé Anders J Hansen Eske Willerslev Jennifer A Leonard Anders Götherström Ron Pinhasi Verena J Schuenemann Michael Hofreiter M Thomas P Gilbert Beth Shapiro Greger Larson Johannes Krause Love Dalén
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The grey wolf (Canis lupus) was the first species to give rise to a domestic population, and they remained widespread throughout the last Ice Age when many other large mammal species went extinct. Little is known, however, about the history and possible extinction of past wolf populations or when and where the wolf progenitors of the present-day dog lineage (Canis familiaris) lived. Here we analysed 72 ancient wolf genomes spanning the last 100,000 years from Europe, Siberia and North America. We found that wolf populations were highly connected throughout the Late Pleistocene, with levels of differentiation an order of magnitude lower than they are today. This population connectivity allowed us to detect natural selection across the time series, including rapid fixation of mutations in the gene IFT88 40,000–30,000 years ago. We show that dogs are overall more closely related to ancient wolves from eastern Eurasia than to those from western Eurasia, suggesting a domestication process in the east. However, we also found that dogs in the Near East and Africa derive up to half of their ancestry from a distinct population related to modern southwest Eurasian wolves, reflecting either an independent domestication process or admixture from local wolves. None of the analysed ancient wolf genomes is a direct match for either of these dog ancestries, meaning that the exact progenitor populations remain to be located.
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