The first evidence for Late Pleistocene dogs in Italy

  title={The first evidence for Late Pleistocene dogs in Italy},
  author={Francesco Boschin and Federico Bernardini and Elena Pilli and Stefania Vai and Cl{\'e}ment Zanolli and Antonio Tagliacozzo and Rosario Fico and Mariaelena Fedi and Julien Corny and Diego Dreossi and Martina Lari and Alessandra Modi and Chiara Vergata and Claudio Tuniz and Adriana Moroni and Paolo Boscato and David Caramelli and Annamaria Ronchitelli},
  journal={Scientific Reports},
The identification of the earliest dogs is challenging because of the absence and/or mosaic pattern of morphological diagnostic features in the initial phases of the domestication process. Furthermore, the natural occurrence of some of these characters in Late Pleistocene wolf populations and the time it took from the onset of traits related to domestication to their prevalence remain indefinite. For these reasons, the spatiotemporal context of the early domestication of dogs is hotly debated… 
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