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D.N.A. Backs Lore on Pre-Columbian Dogs
New York Times ^ | July 15, 2013 | By Jack Hitt

Posted on 07/15/2013 8:45:18 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. — Inside a fenced acre on the swampy Lynches River flood plain in central South Carolina, seven of Don Anderson’s primitive dogs spring into high alert at approaching strangers. Medium-sized, they fan out amid his junkyard of improvised habitat: a few large barrels to dig under, an abandoned camper shell from a pickup, segments of black plastic water pipe and backhoed dirt mounds overgrown with waist-high ragweed.

These are Carolina dogs, and though they are friendly, one can instantly sense they are different from other dogs. Several rush to the gate, their whole bodies wagging eagerly. Others sprint off and take position — their jackal ears fully erect, their fishhook tails twitching like flags in a stiff wind. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------snip----------------------------------------

Some Carolina dogs still live in the wild, and local people have long thought they were one of the few breeds that predated the European arrival in the Americas: “Our native dog,” as Michael Ruano, another enthusiast who often works with Mr. Anderson, put it. “America’s natural dog.”

Now, a new study of canine DNA backs up the folklore. A team led by Peter Savolainen at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden has reported that several dog breeds in the Americas — among them the Peruvian hairless, the Chihuahua and the Carolina dog — are without some genetic markers indicative of European origin, suggesting they arrived in an earlier migration from Asia.

The study also reawakens the long debate about where and how dogs were domesticated. Current theory speculates that they are descended from wolves that somehow became attached to humans perhaps 12,000 to 33,000 years ago — an early amity that has an extensive pedigree in human folklore. (Think Romulus and Remus.)

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; carolinadog; dixiedingo; dog; dogs; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; precolumbian

1 posted on 07/15/2013 8:45:18 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Joe 6-pack

ping


2 posted on 07/15/2013 8:48:28 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: Brad from Tennessee

My neighbor has a Carolina dog.

Short haired junk-yard dog with a border collie loyalty is a good description.


3 posted on 07/15/2013 9:02:35 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I’m thinkin’ my mutt has some Carolina dog in her. She looks the part ‘cept for the wolf ears and has the personality.


4 posted on 07/15/2013 9:33:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Very interesting, thanks for posting.


5 posted on 07/15/2013 10:06:17 PM PDT by JLS
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To: Brad from Tennessee

6 posted on 07/15/2013 10:17:45 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Brad from Tennessee
I've had a Carolina Dog for about 5 years and he has been like no other dog I've ever owned. He has a number of striking qualities.

He's an amazing hunter and he eats everything he kills if given the chance, as gross as that sounds but willingly surrenders it to me if I am around. I usually find some feathers or a possum foot as the only evidence because he is a silent hunter. I saw him kill a large possum once and it was an acrobatic sight to behold. He didn't toy with it at all, he was all business.

He has accepted all my other animals as if he really understands when I tell him that they are part of our freakishly diverse pack. While he is suspicious of strangers, he just needs to be introduced and he has a new best friend...

7 posted on 07/16/2013 1:23:40 AM PDT by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....MiE (Mainer in Exile))
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To: Brad from Tennessee

ping for later


8 posted on 07/16/2013 3:25:43 AM PDT by Vinnie
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9 posted on 07/16/2013 5:35:17 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I want one...


10 posted on 07/16/2013 7:26:57 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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Thanks Brad from Tennessee.

11 posted on 07/20/2013 2:45:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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