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Dogs are descended mostly from wolves, jackals, and coyotes.

Yep. It's false. Dogs were long believed to have descended from several species, including the wolf and jackal. Recent scientific analysis of dogs, however, has upheld the more current theory that the dog's primary ancestor is, indeed, the wolf, Canis lupus.

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