Although the prevailing idea was that humans domesticated dogs sometime around 17,000 years ago, scientists analyzed the different fossil sites and now think that figure may be too late. The earliest finds offer a strong possibility that the human-canine partnership may have begun during the overlap period with Neandertals.
True dogs, as distinguished from wolves, may show up later in human history, but the earlier fossils show a number of doggish characteristics and have been called “incipient dogs.”
Not yet canine, but close enough for evolution to work. And there’s this:
I would lose my Dave Barry fan club card if I did not point out that “Incipient Dogs” would make a good name for a rock band, or in singular, a good name for a Pink Floyd album.
And Dave Barry, once a member of something called Federal Duck though he quit before they cut their one and only LP for Musicor knows band names.
Along those lines, the vocal-group era had lots of bird names Orioles, Ravens, Crows, Swallows, Flamingos but only one major dog act: the Spaniels. Since then, the woofers have outnumbered the tweeters, with the Bonzo Dog Band, Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow Wow, the Fabulous Poodles, and Three Dog Night. (We will not count the Pointer Sisters.)