Canine Evolutionary Tree

Canine Evolutionary Tree

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Credit: LAURIE O'KEEFE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The evolution of the dog can be traced by examining the fossil remains of the teeth of its extinct ancestors, beginning with the Miacis (the earliest true carnivore). Around 2 million years ago, the Canidae line developed, of which Canis is the largest.

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