News Focus11th International Conference of Archaeozoology

Burying Man's Best Friend, With Honor

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Science  17 Sep 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5998, pp. 1464-1465
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5998.1464-b

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According to the first-ever systematic literature survey of dog burials, this practice may have roots deep in prehistory. At the meeting, a graduate student suggested that the practice might be correlated with the use of dogs as hunting partners when the world warmed in the post–Ice Age Holocene period about 10,000 years ago.