This new finding on the domestication of canines, published in the New York Times, explains so much. Stockholm researchers have found that wolves may have first been tamed for their meat. And the place that first decided our four-legged friends were probably tasty? Southern China. How did scientists come across this factoid? Usually the region with the greatest amount of genetic diversity is the point of origin, since a species loses diversity as it spreads. That place is Southern China. Also, dog bones with cut marks have been found at archaeological sites in the area. Like with any scientific theory, there are a lot of caveats – “genomic archaeology” is an incredibly new field, many think diversity is just as high in African village dogs and there’s the possibility that dogs were domesticated at a different site and then spread to everywhere but China. But isn’t it kind of funny to think that, even 10,000 years ago, China was chomping on stir-fried Fido?