Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Oldest American Domesticated Dog Was Dinner

Samuel Belknap was looking for food and diet data of ancient peoples when he made an unintended discovery:  The fossilized remains of the New World's oldest domesticated dog to date.

The skull fragment and foot bone of the dog was part of someone's dinner 9,400 years ago in what is now Texas.

The remains lead researchers to believe that the dog was cared for by people before it was butchered for food, meaning that it was domesticated.  Analysis at the University of Oklahoma confirm that the remains are indeed dog, not wolf or fox.

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