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Old dog, new tricks: Study IDs 9,400-year-old mutt
palmbeachpost ^ | Jan. 19, 2011 | CLARKE CANFIELD

Posted on 01/19/2011 5:59:52 PM PST by JoeProBono

PORTLAND, Maine — Nearly 10,000 years ago, man's best friend provided protection and companionship — and an occasional meal.

That's what researchers are saying after finding a bone fragment from what they are calling the earliest confirmed domesticated dog in the Americas.

University of Maine graduate student Samuel Belknap III came across the fragment while analyzing a dried-out sample of human waste unearthed in southwest Texas in the 1970s. A carbon-dating test put the age of the bone at 9,400 years, and a DNA analysis confirmed it came from a dog — not a wolf, coyote or fox, Belknap said.

Because it was found deep inside a pile of human excrement and was the characteristic orange-brown color that bone turns when it has passed through the digestive tract, the fragment provides the earliest direct evidence that dogs — besides being used for company, security and hunting — were eaten by humans and may even have been bred as a food source, he said


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; clovis; dog; dogs; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; multiregionalism; preclovis; precolumbian
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Researcher Samuel Belknap III


1 posted on 01/19/2011 5:59:54 PM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

So..........Samuel does WHAT for a living???

Oh man. Ick. Gross. Disgusting....


2 posted on 01/19/2011 6:03:20 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Here's a thought!! Donate to the website you are on RIGHT NOW!! .... *waves hi to DS*)
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To: JoeProBono; decimon; SunkenCiv
New-tricks ping.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

3 posted on 01/19/2011 6:05:46 PM PST by The Comedian ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" - B. Goldwater)
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To: The Comedian

4 posted on 01/19/2011 6:09:43 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: The Comedian; blam; hennie pennie; JoeProBono; decimon; SunkenCiv
OK guys, remember this one. That's evidence that 9,500 years ago DOGS were still game animals. They may have hung around the camp, or the village (in Ukraine and Bulgaria), but that was for their own benefit. When it came time for dinner they were the honored guests.

I wonder if this guy has examined the DNA enough to determine if this was a regular old WOOF WOOF dog or one of those SILENT African dogs ~ or maybe even a DINGO ~ they were certainly already in Australia by the time these guys started the really long treks to Baja!

5 posted on 01/19/2011 6:11:40 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Brad's Gramma

6 posted on 01/19/2011 6:11:54 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Great picture ~ that is a dog ~ see how happy he is. Now, in the next frame the dog is gone but see how happy the people are.


7 posted on 01/19/2011 6:13:08 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
Maybe the Dingo Ate Your Baby

8 posted on 01/19/2011 6:14:34 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

I am sure that we’ve gotten even with the dingos many times over.


9 posted on 01/19/2011 6:19:06 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: The Comedian; JoeProBono

Am I the ONLY one who must discuss.........poop???


10 posted on 01/19/2011 6:22:34 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Here's a thought!! Donate to the website you are on RIGHT NOW!! .... *waves hi to DS*)
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To: JoeProBono
Prehistoric Dachshund ping.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

11 posted on 01/19/2011 6:22:42 PM PST by The Comedian ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" - B. Goldwater)
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12 posted on 01/19/2011 6:23:11 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: The Comedian

LOL!!!!!!!!


13 posted on 01/19/2011 6:23:21 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Here's a thought!! Donate to the website you are on RIGHT NOW!! .... *waves hi to DS*)
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To: Brad's Gramma

14 posted on 01/19/2011 6:25:31 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

From a dog’s point of view it’s only been 1342.8 years.


15 posted on 01/19/2011 6:28:26 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: JoeProBono

So riddle me this...when european discoverers first trampled around north america, for the most part there were no indigenous dogs. And there are certainly none today. Sled dogs in the extreme north, and mexican hairless in central america, and not much to speak of in between.


16 posted on 01/19/2011 6:28:45 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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The Native American Indian Dog is a very rare, almost extinct breed of dog used by the Native Americans for a variety of purposes including, pulling the travois, hunting, babysitting the very young and elderly and guarding the village.

This breed should not be confused with the American Indian Dog which is a coyote/dingo/Australian Kelpie/Border Collie mix.


17 posted on 01/19/2011 6:37:45 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

I call hoax


18 posted on 01/19/2011 6:41:01 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: muawiyah

http://www.carolinadogs.org/


19 posted on 01/19/2011 6:42:06 PM PST by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....)
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To: mamelukesabre

20 posted on 01/19/2011 6:48:51 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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