Dogs and wolves are closer relatives than previously believed, according to a new study. The research suggests that dogs and wolves share a common ancestry, but the relationship between them is more complex. It challenges the notion that dogs were domesticated directly from wolves. Scientists have found that the genetic similarities between dogs and wolves are due to ancient interbreeding and not a direct evolutionary line. This discovery brings new insights into the evolution of dogs and their domestication, shedding light on their shared genetic heritage.