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Domesticated dog tooth found near Stonehenge

The 7,000-year-old tooth of a domesticated dog has been found at Blick Mead, the oldest known settlement in the area around Stonehenge. Scientific investigation of a dog’s tooth found at a site one mile from Stonehenge has thrown up a number of exciting discoveries, said archaeologist David Jacques, who leads the

Canine and guinea pig remains found in Peru

The remains of ten dogs and two guinea pigs, and one person have been found on the grounds of the Parque de las Leyendas zoo in Lima, Peru. The discovery was made in the Huaca El Rosal –a small area made up of two trenches, 4 by 16 meters each- located

2,000-year-old canine burials found in Siberia

The remains of five dogs buried 2,000 years ago have been found in Siberia. The dogs were likely involved in various tasks in the ancient Arctic village, including pulling sleds, he said. The remains of two sleds, as well as a carved bone knife handle thought to depict a sled dog

Dog burials found in Siberia

The remains of dogs buried along side their humans 5,000-8,000 years ago have been found in a cemetery in Siberia. One of Losey’s projects involves the excavation of dog remains between 5,000 and 8,000 years old at Lake Baikal, Siberia, the deepest freshwater lake in the world. What’s striking about the

DNA traces dogs back to South East Asia

A DNA study has revealed that dogs split from grey wolves in South East Asia 33,000 years ago. "We then found out that dogs from South East Asia stand out from all other dog populations, because they have the highest genetic diversity and are genetically closest to the wolf." Savolainen, who is

Sequencing the DNA of New Zealand’s first dog

Researchers have sequenced the entire genome of the kur?, a now-extinctdog whose remains were recovered from Wairau Bar, an ancient Polynesian site in New Zealand. Kur? were smallish dogs about the size of cocker spaniels and were brought to New Zealand from East Polynesia in the colonising canoes that arrived in

12,450-year-old frozen puppy undergoes autopsy

The frozen remains of 3-month old puppy killed during a landslide 12,450 years ago in Siberia has undergone autopsy Experts spent the past four years analysing the body – which included not just bones but also its heart, lungs and stomach – but only carried out the long-awaited autopsy in April. It

Dog catacomb with 8 million mummies surveyed at Saqqara

Researchers have surveyed a dog catacomb containing 8million dog mummies found near the temple of Anubis at Saqqara in Egypt. In ancient Egypt, so many people worshiped Anubis, the jackal-headed god of death, that the catacombs next to his sacred temple once held nearly 8 million mummified puppies and grown dogs,