Dogs have always been a great companion to humans, thus being tagged as “a man’s best friend.” This nice relationship that people have with their canine buddies might have even begun as early as 11,500 years ago, based on a recent archaeological study conducted in the northeastern region of Jordan.
Dogs Were More Likely Of a Hunter Than a Pet
Jordan is among the top archaeological travel destinations, and there is no wonder that archaeologists are interested in digging the area for hints about the early humans’ way of living. The study made by researchers from the University College London in the United Kingdom and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark shows that dogs played an important role in the daily lives of humans, particularly in hunting their food. The researchers observed a remarkable increase of dead hares and other small preys in an archaeological site called Shubayqa 6 of present-day northeast Jordan, and their remains appear to be digested by non-human predators.
The skeletal remains of animals found at the site display signs that they were digested by a non-human. The same scientific team who studied the bones also conducted a Nobel-winning research in 2013 about the particular signs that can be found on the remains of a micro-mammal if the latter was eaten by a human.
In this case, when the animal, say a shrew, was eaten whole by its predator, its bones do not exhibit hallmark indications to say that a human ate it.
It is Probably The Dogs Who Ate The Hares
A related archaeological study on the same area shows that dogs were domesticated there 14,000 years ago, and this recent finding supports the idea that humans used dogs in hunting down animals such as hares. It is highly probable that these dogs were the ones who excreted the bones of hares. Aside from keeping their dogs as pet or for leisure, pre-historic humans trained dogs to improve their way of living.
Interestingly, in a site not too far away from Shubayqa, a woman who resided in Israel 12,000 years ago was found buried together with a puppy. It is not clear if the puppy was related to a wolf or a domesticated canine, but it was concluded that the puppy cannot be a predatory carnivore who just passed by the area. If it were, the woman would not be holding its remains close to her body in her final resting place. This suggests that the puppy is therefore raised as a pet, and it was not likely used as a hunting companion.
These archaeological findings from Jordan are just another proof of how loyal our dogs can be, as they are willing to hunt down everything for our sake. Perhaps it is time to celebrate your pet dogs more often, or even throw a fun pet party for them to bond with other adorable canines in the neighborhood. Use this resource to view venues in orange county and give your pets the best time of their lives.