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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Publication details for Dr Angela Perri

Ní Leathlobhair, Máire, Perri, Angela R., Irving-Pease, Evan K., Witt, Kelsey E., Linderholm, Anna, Haile, James, Lebrasseur, Ophelie, Ameen, Carly, Blick, Jeffrey, Boyko, Adam R., Brace, Selina, Cortes, Yahaira Nunes, Crockford, Susan J., Devault, Alison, Dimopoulos, Evangelos A., Eldridge, Morley, Enk, Jacob, Gopalakrishnan, Shyam, Gori, Kevin, Grimes, Vaughan, Guiry, Eric, Hansen, Anders J., Hulme-Beaman, Ardern, Johnson, John, Kitchen, Andrew, Kasparov, Aleksei K., Kwon, Young-Mi, Nikolskiy, Pavel A., Lope, Carlos Peraza, Manin, Aurélie, Martin, Terrance, Meyer, Michael, Myers, Kelsey Noack, Omura, Mark, Rouillard, Jean-Marie, Pavlova, Elena Y., Sciulli, Paul, Sinding, Mikkel-Holger S., Strakova, Andrea, Ivanova, Varvara V., Widga, Christopher, Willerslev, Eske, Pitulko, Vladimir V., Barnes, Ian, Gilbert, M. Thomas P., Dobney, Keith M., Malhi, Ripan S., Murchison, Elizabeth P., Larson, Greger & Frantz, Laurent A. F. (2018). The evolutionary history of dogs in the Americas. Science 361(6397): 81-85.

Author(s) from Durham


Dogs have been present in North America for at least 9000 years. To better understand how present-day breeds and populations reflect their introduction to the New World, Ní Leathlobhair et al. sequenced the mitochondrial and nuclear genomes of ancient dogs (see the Perspective by Goodman and Karlsson). The earliest New World dogs were not domesticated from North American wolves but likely originated from a Siberian ancestor. Furthermore, these lineages date back to a common ancestor that coincides with the first human migrations across Beringia. This lineage appears to have been mostly replaced by dogs introduced by Europeans, with the primary extant lineage remaining as a canine transmissible venereal tumor.