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Penn State

Domestication of Dogs May Explain Mammoth Kill Sites and Success of Early Modern Humans

Caption: A fragment of a large bone, probably from a mammoth, Pat Shipman reports, was placed in this dog's mouth shortly after death. This finding suggests the animal was according special mortuary treatment, perhaps acknowledging its role in mammoth hunting. The fossil comes from the site of Predmosti, in the Czech republic, and is about 27,000 years B.P. old. This object is one of three canid skulls from Predmosti that were identified as dogs based on analysis of their morphology.

Credit: Photo credit: Anthropos Museum, Brno, the Czech Republic, courtesy of Mietje Germonpre

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