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Posted on 01/24/2012 7:04:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Scientists believe that two 33,000-year-old skulls unearthed in digs in Siberia and Belgium show dogs were domesticated long before any other animal, such as sheep, cows or goats.
Researchers from the University of Arizona said the skulls had shorter snouts and wider jaws than undomesticated animals such as wolves, which use their longer snouts and narrower jaws to help them hunt.
That suggested the dogs had been kept for protection and companionship by our ancient ancestors -- just as they are today.
The researchers think dogs could have been the first species of animals to be domesticated by humans, long before farm animals were bred for their meat and skins.
Recent DNA research hinted that all dogs came from a single wolf-like ancestor -- but the Altai find may prove that isn't so.
This offers a possible explanation for why breeds such as pugs and huskies look so different, despite being the same species.
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Man's best friend for 30,000 years: Canine skulls discovered in two separate digs reveals historic relationship
Ancient dog skull unearthed in Siberia
BBC | August 3, 2011 | Hamish Pritchard
Posted on 08/03/2011 9:53:08 AM PDT by decimon
Do you have to post the Helen T picture so early in the thread?
Dogs are great companionship, and my best friend.... but beware a loaded cat.
Figured I get it out of the way.
You’ll thank me later.
You may be right although she could sneak up later on in the thread and still bite us in the butt
She couldn’t sneak up on road kill.
Dogs came to the front door, offering their loyal services for a bone or a scrap. A bond was soon formed as their nose and ears and eyes were watchful, and most helpful against enemies.
Cats came to the back door, and soon wormed their way into the house as their superior rodent-killing skills were readily apparent. They didn’t need as much food, and captivated us with their clean habits and purring.
And so it began...
They do fare pretty well when old cat women die. We were 10 years killing off unauthorized felines when a neighbor died!
The cat thought, "poor dog. He'll never make it as a cat."
They are so far surviving here as the diet is minimally supplemented by purchased rations.
They say don’t give your dogs chicken bones, etc. Wonder what they did before we came along.
In over 20 years I’ve only have to remove bones from dog’s mouths twice. Pork, as I recall...
Raw chicken bones are fine. It’s the cooked ones that splinter on them.
As a food service professional, I do have to advise that there is a MAJOR difference between cooked and raw bones.
I won't feed anything cooked bones, except humans. In theory, humans aren't supposed to gnaw bones and break them (In theory, practice may vary).
Oh, boy. You might want to pick up a copy of Cat Fancy magazine some time, take a gander at all the breeds. If most of those breeds were turned loose to survive in a barn environment, they would never make it.