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Pet kinship

  1. Jul 19, 2009 #1
    Are people more closely related to dogs or to cats? Based on behavior I would guess dogs, but what does the DNA say? What about the fossil record? Anybody know?
     
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  3. Jul 29, 2009 #2
    Historically, dogs would have been more useful than cats. You have all sorts of breeds of working dogs. At best, cats would have been food. Also, I believe dogs were domesticated first when we were hunters.
     
  4. Jul 29, 2009 #3
    Thank you, but the intention of my question was not about the history of interaction between humans and dogs versus humans and cats, but about evolutionary history and the genetic similarity of the three species. In the sense that humans are more closely related to chimps than we are to jellyfish, are we biologically closer to dogs or to cats? I understand that at this point the answer may be unknown.
     
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