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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

Chinese farmers also domesticated cats

New research suggests that in addition to the Near East and Egypt, farmers in China also domesticated cats. Were domestic cats brought to China over 5 000 years ago? Or were small cats domesticated in China at that time? There was no way of deciding between these two hypotheses until a

3D measurements revise dog domestication date

3D analysis of 30,000-year-old skulls thought to belong to domesticated dogs have revealed that the skulls actually belong to wolves. This revises the dates for the domestication of man's best friend to about 15,000 years ago during the Neolithic. And while dogs may have been domesticated 15,000 years ago, it was

Peach trees domesticated 7,500 years ago in China

New research has revealed that farmers began to domesticate peach trees 7,500 years ago in the Yangtze River Valley in China. Peach stones are well represented at archeological sites in the Yangtze valley, so they compared the size and structure of the stones from six sites that spanned a period of

African cattle domesticated in the Middle East

A new genetic study suggested that African cattle, thought have been domesticated there 10,000 years ago, may actually have been domesticated in the Middle East. Prof. Decker says the genetics of these African cattle breeds are similar to those of cattle first domesticated in the Middle East nearly 10,000 years ago,

Cat domestication in Egypt pushed back by 2,000 years

The skeletons of six cats found in Egypt may push the date for cat domestication by 2,000 years. The bones come from a cemetery for the wealthy in Hierakonpolis, which served as the capital of Upper Egypt in the era before the pharaohs. The cemetery was the resting place not just

New dates for domesticated camels in Israel

New radiocarbon dates for domesticated camel remains found in Israel have revealed that the animals did not arrive in the area until the 9th century B.C., 300 years later than previously thought. Now Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef and Dr. Lidar Sapir-Hen of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures

Domesticated dogs may have lived along side hunter-gatherers

New DNA analysis suggests that dogs and wolves split from a common ancestor before humans transitioned to agricultural societies. Dogs and wolves evolved from a common ancestor between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago, before humans transitioned to agricultural societies, according to an analysis of modern dog and wolf genomes from areas