Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Humans Cared for Sick Puppies Long Ago, Ancient Burial Shows


By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | February 9, 2018 05:06pm ET

Ancient people likely cared for a sick, domesticated pup for weeks on end before it died about 14,000 years ago during the Paleolithic era, a new study finds.

After it died, the dog was buried with the remains of another dog and an adult man and woman — making it not only the oldest burial of a domestic dog on record, but also the oldest known grave to contain both dogs and people, the researchers said.

This discovery suggests that even though the dog was young, sick and likely untrained as a result, ancient people still had an emotional bond with it, the researchers wrote in the study. This may explain why the people buried the animal with two of their own, the researchers said. [10 Things You Didn't Know About Dogs]


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