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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

At 12,400 Years Old, Can You Really Call Him "Puppy"?

The past few days have seen a flurry of news about a ice-age puppy that was caught in a mudslide more than 12,000 years ago. Its body became mummified and has been preserved by permafrost in Russia’s northern region of Yakutia. Here's one account that I heard on the BBC and an official press report can be read here.

This discovery will perhaps lead to a definitive answer as to when canines first became domesticated. Here are some materials that discuss earlier theories:

Coren, Stanley. The pawprints of history : dogs and the course of human events. [636.7 COR]

Dogs, Man's Best Friend. [DVD 636.7 DOG] 4-disk PBS documentary set.

The domestic dog : its evolution, behaviour, and interactions with people. [599.74 DOM]

Méry, Fernand. The life, history, and magic of the dog. [636.7 MER]

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