Skip to comments.Old dog, new tricks: Study IDs 9,400-year-old mutt
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
Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon?
Smart aleck. That’s the first (icky) thing that jumped out at me, when I read that article.
I’m gonna ping you to something. I’ll ping funny guy too in case you two have friends in The OC.
No. No. Don't say it, BG...just sorta leave it alone now. :)
.....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?
LOL, best post of the day.
I think I got it backwards, from a dog’s perspective it’s been 65,800 years.
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.
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.
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.
HAWAIIAN POI DOG
I’d rather strave than eat my dogs bump.
The first belly laugh I’ve had this year!!!!!
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Note: this topic is dated January 19, 2011.