Dogs are humankind’s oldest companions, DNA research shows

Dogs are humankind’s oldest companions, DNA research shows

Lead author Anders Bergstrom, a post-doctoral researcher in the Ancient Genomics laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute, said: ‘The dog is the oldest domesticated animal and has a very long relationship with humans.

Interactive: see how your favourite dog breeds are related to each other

Interactive: see how your favourite dog breeds are related to each other

Photograph: Phil Crowder/Alamy This created a messy, intertwined relationship between different dog types, with the details of a breed’s origin sometimes recorded only in oral history.The German shepherd shares DNA with Italian dog breeds, including the cane paratore, according to researchers.

Keep pet cats indoors, say researchers who found they kill 230m native Australian animals each year

Keep pet cats indoors, say researchers who found they kill 230m native Australian animals each year

Researchers said owners of Australia’s 3.7m domestic cats needed to make sure their pets were indoors or contained to reduce their impact on native species.

Doggone it! How an 18,000-year-old puppy could change everything we know about dogs

Doggone it! How an 18,000-year-old puppy could change everything we know about dogs

But is he an early modern wolf – or one of the world’s very oldest domesticated dogs?.How an 18,000-year-old puppy could change everything we know about dogs.That’s 64.9m years before Dogor existed.

Having a pet dog could lead to better heart health, research suggests

Having a pet dog could lead to better heart health, research suggests

The findings, published by the Mayo Clinic journal, are based on a first analysis of data from the Kardiozive Brno 2030 study which followed 1,769 people in the Czech Republic with no history of heart disease over five years.

Cat who can’t stop sneezing stuck at rescue centre because ‘nobody will adopt him’

Cat who can’t stop sneezing stuck at rescue centre because ‘nobody will adopt him’

“He has been in our homing wing for around 10 days now,” she adds, explaining that as soon as people know a cat has a medical issue, people are reluctant to adopt them.

Crufts 2019: Dog owners show their pets watching the competition

Crufts 2019: Dog owners show their pets watching the competition

Pet owners are sharing photos and videos of their dogs watching the Crufts dog show from home. This year, 160,000 people are estimated to be in attendance at the dog show, with thousands more watching from home.

Need to track down a dog poo-petrator? There’s a DNA test for that

Need to track down a dog poo-petrator? There’s a DNA test for that

A Pennsylvania complex is requiring its residents’ canines to undergo testing so any dog poop can be traced back – and there are health benefits too If you’re in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and want to live in the Parkland View apartment complex, then you’re going to need to undergo a DNA test.

Google’s snooping proves big tech will not change – unless governments step in | Arwa Mahdawi

Google’s snooping proves big tech will not change – unless governments step in | Arwa Mahdawi

The news that Google is recording everything you do, even if you have signalled that you don’t want it to, is yet another indicator that the tech company, like many of its peers, doesn’t seem to care much for ethics.

Why do cats purr?

Why do cats purr?

Research has shown that cats’ muscles move the vocal cords and, as they breathe in and out, air hits the vibrating muscles, which creates the purring sound.