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So obviously it's a pretty huge deal that scientists figured out. Why Adam split unevenly but there's something else they discovered recently that's a little more adorable full and it has to do with wolf puppies? Your acuteness meter is already going off the charts rate. Well as if snuggling up with adorable Wolf pups is precious enough. A team of Swedish scientists recently discovered that some wolves can also play fetch. And if you can get past how delightful that is then. Here's why this matters for science. This discovery every changes. What we know about the canine brain? Now there's a ton of variation among dogs. I mean just look at the difference between a huge great Dane and a tiny rainy Chihuahua or a nearly hairless Chinese crested and the mop like coat of a common door. All of these differences are a result of domestication which she's the process by which a wild animal is adapted to live with humans. We don't know exactly when or where dogs were first domesticated but our best guess is somewhere between in eighteen thousand and thirty three thousand years ago. Just a ballpark. Never two leading theories about how. Our relationship with man's best friend I came to be one idea is that ancient. Humans took an orphaned wolf puppies carrying for the TAMEST and calling the ones that were too aggressive to handle the other thought is the dogs. Domesticated masticated themselves Tame Wolves who scavenged near early human settlements eight better than their Wiley counterparts. And that meant that they were more fit and therefore more likely to reproduce we've believed for longtime that Doug's developed the cognitive abilities necessary to follow human cues after becoming domesticated in fact that's the whole reason. Researchers at Stockholm University. Were using wolf puppies. They wanted to see how the cognitive abilities of domesticated and wild canines were different. They figured that if a stranger through a tennis ball for both of them and ask them to bring it back. The dogs would retrieve the ball and the wolves wouldn't so they were stunned when several several of the Eight Week Old Wolf Puppies actually fetched the ball looking back. The researchers admit it makes perfect sense pups that responded to human directions and probably had an advantage in those early stages of domestication. So it's reasonable that some wolves would still follow human cues today. So maybe we didn't train dogs to to be our best friends as much as we think. Maybe dogs were ready to be our friends all along. Maybe dogs were just the friends we made along the way