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Dog and Hunter

Dog and Hunter

Don Perry
Recent study suggests that the entire population of the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) today are descended from three females near China about 15,000 years ago. A burial site in Germany called Bonn-Oberkassel has joint human and dog interments dated to 14,000 years ago. The earliest domesticated dog found in China is at the early Neolithic (7000-5800 BC) Jiahu site in Henan Province. European Mesolithic sites like Skateholm (5250-3700 BC) in Sweden have dog burials, proving the value of the furry beasts. Danger Cave in Utah is the earliest in the Americas, at about 11,000 years ago.
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