And yet, after 100,000 years, we still have to take them out so they can go to the bathroom.Study acclaims dog's role in development of mankindAn Australian study claims mankind couldn't have conquered the globe without the dog.
Tuesday 26th March 2002
Researchers say the domestication of the wolf led to the hunting of bigger game and even the development of art.
They claim the dog was one of a few key forces which led to modern humans and therefore changed the world forever.
Dr Paul Tacon, of the Australian Museum in Sydney, and bio-archaeology consultant Dr Colin Pardoe, say fossil and DNA evidence both point to dog domestication over 100,000 years ago.
That is around the same time humans began marking their territory, something they may have learned from dogs, and which then led to symbolism and art.
Tacon and Pardoe say the human and dog partnership also led to new forms of bonding which let humans negotiate complex situations.
Their study is published in Nature Australia magazine and reported by the Australian Museum.
In her Plato Prehistorian: 10,000 to 5000 B.C. Myth, Religion, Archaeology, Mary Settegast reproduces a table which shows four runic character sets; a is Upper Paleolithic (found among the cave paintings), b is Indus Valley script, c is Greek (western branch), and d is the Scandinavian runic alphabet.
Tacon and Pardoe
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Remember the horse at the gun range.
Early man had a link with animals.
Fallacy of petitio principii noted...
The dog's eyes have itThey can follow the human gaze or a pointing hand, figure out what it is we are looking at and seek out the target. Dogs have spent thousands of years living with humans so a Hungarian research team set out to investigate whether this cunning ability came from wolves, the genetic ancestors of today's dogs, or developed during domestication... The wolves could find the food when their handler either tapped the correct hiding place or pointed from a close distance... However, the real difference came when the researchers tested the dogs and wolves in a tricky situation. Food was hidden in a bin or on the end of a rope, and the animals got used to opening the bin or pulling the rope to get the bait. But when the bin was sealed shut, or the rope tied down, the main contrast between the two became clear. Dogs frequently looked back at their master while wolves just kept their heads down and tried to solve the problem. Wild wolves generally tend not to look at human faces, and not even careful hand-rearing of the wolves could change this behaviour.
by Katharine Arney
Tuesday, June 3, 2003
Of course there is a special relationship. man named them and was to tend them from the time of creation
I think the first thing we did with dogs and cats was cut their little claws off to use as tools so we could build houses.
After we learned to make tools from other things, we quit cutting their paws off and they just ‘hung around the house’ from then on.
Funny. I don't recall the Expedition of Discovery members being set upon while they were having dinner.
Or just someone grinding out a useless paper.I suspect the latter.
Why should they change? The Queen of England similarly has people at the ready to open doors for her.
Geez...back in the '80s, Prof. Shipman was selling hard the notion that humans were scavengers and NOT predators based on a few overlapping cut marks on some fossilized bones. Gee, Pat, have the successful grant applications changed their theme?