Skip to comments.Man's best friend stands test of time, study says
Posted on 01/31/2006 9:09:16 AM PST by SunkenCiv
The man was buried in Sweden with a dog laid out across his legs. It could have been yesterday, but that burial site actually dates back 7,000 years to the Mesolithic period... "Nothing," he wrote in his paper, "signifies the social importance that people have attached to dogs more conspicuously than their deliberate interment upon death." There are burial sites on every continent, except Antarctica, where the ground surface makes burial practically impossible. Morey's map of dog burial sites includes spots in current-day Greenland, Sweden, Sudan, Siberia, Japan and the United States, including Alaska. Some date back 14,000 years... In one grave site in what is present-day Israel, an elderly person was buried with a hand lying on the body of a puppy. The bones are between 11,000 and 12,000 years old. At Indian Knoll in Kentucky, which dates 3500 B.C. to 2500 B.C., there are many buried dogs. In one grave, two dogs were buried with children. Another site in Israel, called Ashkelon, dates back to the Persian era and includes about 1,000 dogs buried individually in a sort of dog cemetery. Morey's research disputes some genetics research that has suggested dogs have been domesticated for at least 100,000 years. Archaeology suggests that domestication occurred within the past 14,000 years, Morey said, adding that there is no physical "hard" evidence indicating it happened earlier.
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Wait a minute--doesn't that mean that Rover was terminated when the master died?
Was it an Elkhound?
The story insinuates that dogs may have been in more than just companion roles in some of these cases.
Well, the ancients did believe in burying food with the dead, no? ;^)
Appropriate for the Year of the Dog...
The Dixie Dingo
Carolinadog.org | U of Carolina
Posted on 11/30/2001 1:40:40 PM PST by blam
Shar-Peis, Huskies Are Closest to Wolves
Science - AP | 2004-05-20 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
Posted on 05/20/2004 12:11:18 PM PDT by Junior
Researchers use DNA to uncover roots of the family trees' of dogs
Oregon Live | May 21, 2004 | ANDY DWORKIN
Posted on 05/21/2004 7:16:54 AM PDT by SJackson
Dingo's Origins Tracked By DNA
BBC | 8-2-2004
Posted on 08/02/2004 3:41:34 PM PDT by blam
DNA Study Finds Chihuahuas Aren't Dogs
The Watley Review | 05/24/2004
Posted on 05/26/2004 9:04:15 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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possible doggie list ping?
Hey, at leash both got a decent burial.
Just a Spot of dinner for the road.
Remains of a dog were found tangled with those of a Roman-era sailor when those ancient ships (and port) were discovered a few years ago at Pisa, Italy. I saw it suggested at that time that, rather than the sailor jumping in to save his dog, it was probably the other way around.
"Man is a dog's ideal of what God should be." -- Mark Twain
Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man without his Vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery, if inscribed over human ashes, is but a Just Tribute to the Memory of BOATSWAIN, a Dog. Hobhouse - Epitaph, on Lord Byron's dog, Boatswain, at Newstead Abbey
Roman Sailor Lives AgainAn ancient Roman sailor has been resurrected from a muddy grave in the wreckage of a ship sunk more than 2000 years ago near the ancient harbor of Pisa, just 500 yards from the Leaning Tower. Applying forensic techniques used in criminal investigations, Francesco Mallegni, an anthropologist at Pisa's university, reconstructed the face of a man whose intact skeleton was found in one of the 16 ships uncovered recently in the harbor... The skeleton reveals a vigorous and strong sailor with a powerful chest. He was about 40 years old and 5 feet 6 inches tall -- sort of a giant for the time... Some scholars say the storm that killed the sailor was catastrophic in scale. But he did not forget his dog, a basset hound who probably earned his food by keeping down rats attracted by jars full of grain, oil and wine.
by Rossella Lorenzi
Feb. 18, 2000
Life companions bump!
Only 40 Genes Separate Your Pet Dog From A Wolf
The Telegraph (UK) | 11-22-2005 | Roger Highfield
Posted on 11/21/2005 6:18:45 PM PST by blam
Researchers Decode Dog Genome
NY Times | December 7, 2005 | NICHOLAS WADE
Posted on 12/07/2005 5:14:45 PM PST by neverdem
Since before 4000 B.C., the Norwegian Elkhound has faced icy weather, rugged terrain, dangerous animals... and still performed as a superior hunter, herder, guard and companion. Comrade to the Vikings, guardian of lonely farms and saeters, herder of flocks and defender from wolves and bear, a hunter always and roamer with hardy men, the Norwegian Elkhound comes down to us through more than six millennia with all his Nordic traits untainted, a fearless dog and friendly, devoted to man and the chase. A very rugged and robust dog built for endurance, bred and trained as a hunter and tracker, the Elkhound displays a keen and very acute sense of smell and hearing. Every physical characteristic is the expression of a need. His compactness, his muscled robustness, his squareness, his width and depth are true expressions of nature's requirements for a dog that would hunt day after day, all day long, in rugged country, where stamina rather than extreme speed is called for. The words brave, independent, dependable and determined describe their personalities. As pets, they are intelligent, friendly and reliable.
We had friends who had one for sixteen years. Absolutely outstanding dogs.
I had two, Loki and Shasti.
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