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The fox: Prehistoric man’s best friend?

The remains of a fox has been found in a 16,500-year-old human burial, prompting further investigation into early animal domestication.

The University of Cambridge-led team believes that the unprecedented case points to some sort of emotional attachment between human and fox. Their paper, published today, suggests that the fox may have been kept as a pet and was being buried to accompany its master, or mistress, to the afterlife.

If so, it marks the first known burial of its kind and suggests that long before we began to hunt foxes using dogs, our ancestors were keeping them as pets – and doing so earlier than their canine relatives.

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Story: PhysOrg | Photo: PhysOrg, Wikimedia Commons

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