Discovery News has a story today that says a lot about how long humans and dogs have been part of each other’s lives.
Remains of a dog who lived in Siberia more than 7,000 years ago suggest the dog lived and died alongside humans — who thought highly enough of the canine to give him or her a human-like burial.
The dog was carefully laid to rest lying on his right side in a grave
pit that, at other levels, also contained five partial human skeletons.
DNA and stable isotope analysis determined the animal was indeed a
dog and that he ate exactly what humans at the site consumed: fish,
meat, deer, small mammals, and some plant foods. (Read the full article at DiscoveryNews.com.)
The dog, like the humans, probably had a tough life. The condition of his spine indicates he was used to carry heavy loads, and other bone fractures suggest he was injured many times, possibly by deer he was hunting. “The
researchers cannot rule out that humans hit the dog,” Discovery News reporter Jennifer Viegas writes, “but its older age
at burial, food provisions, and more suggest otherwise.”
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