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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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To: The Comedian

Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon?


41 posted on 01/19/2011 8:42:14 PM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: The Comedian

Smart aleck. That’s the first (icky) thing that jumped out at me, when I read that article.

;)


42 posted on 01/19/2011 9:44:00 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

Uuuuunnnnnnnngggggghhhhh!!!

I’m gonna ping you to something. I’ll ping funny guy too in case you two have friends in The OC.

:)


43 posted on 01/19/2011 9:51:36 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: Ditter
It was over 9000 years old after all.

No. No. Don't say it, BG...just sorta leave it alone now. :)

44 posted on 01/19/2011 9:56:59 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: muawiyah

.....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......

Hmm I wonder if they check the DNA of the dogs owner, Chinese or Korean maybe? I take it as evidence of little value. How many sled dogs became meals?


45 posted on 01/19/2011 9:58:51 PM PST by rolling_stone ( *this makes Watergate look like a kiddie pool*)
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To: JoeProBono
Study IDs 9,400-year-old mutt
46 posted on 01/19/2011 11:29:36 PM PST by mirkwood (Palin-Bachmann 2012)
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To: Rebelbase

LOL, best post of the day.


47 posted on 01/20/2011 4:23:30 AM PST by Mercat ( I remained nestled in cognitive dissonance)
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To: Mercat

I think I got it backwards, from a dog’s perspective it’s been 65,800 years.


48 posted on 01/20/2011 6:15:43 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

Even better.


49 posted on 01/20/2011 7:05:47 AM PST by Mercat ( I remained nestled in cognitive dissonance)
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To: JoeProBono

I believe the Polynesians in Hawaii bred a dog called the ‘Poi Dog”. Like Flounder in “Animal House”, they were fat, happy and stupid. They were also a main feature on the menu.


50 posted on 01/20/2011 7:13:22 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: JoeProBono

They’re in danger of extinction in Africa. Their social habits have allowed parvo and other diseases picked up from domesticated dogs to spread through their family groups like wildfire and decimate them.


51 posted on 01/20/2011 7:17:30 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: mamelukesabre

The horse displaced them. Indians used dogs as beasts of burden, pulling travois with belongings, shelter material, etc, before the arrival [re-arrival, actually], of the horse with the Spanish. After that, dogs were kept mainly as watchdogs for the camp.


52 posted on 01/20/2011 7:20:24 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr

HAWAIIAN POI DOG


53 posted on 01/20/2011 7:21:16 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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54 posted on 01/20/2011 7:24:00 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

I’d rather strave than eat my dogs bump.


55 posted on 01/20/2011 3:34:47 PM PST by austingirl
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To: austingirl

56 posted on 01/20/2011 3:40:29 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: The Comedian

The first belly laugh I’ve had this year!!!!!


57 posted on 01/23/2011 4:22:47 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: The Comedian; muawiyah; JoeProBono

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Note: this topic is dated January 19, 2011.

Blast from the Past.

Thanks JoeProBono for the topic, and thanks muawiyah, and The Comedian (ex'd by FR) for those pings back when.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


58 posted on 03/03/2013 7:47:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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59 posted on 03/03/2013 8:33:21 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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