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Evidence Of The Oldest Human-Canine Relationship Found In French Cave

Evidence Of The Oldest Human-Canine Relationship Found In French Cave

If you are asked with regards to your best friend, there is more probability than ever that you will indicate towards your pet dog. Indeed, the friendship of canines and humans dates back to the ages. In accordance with conventional knowledge, the farmers domesticated canines almost 15,000 years ago. But, the recent archaeological discovery and DNA analysis indicate a different period (30,000 years ago).

The latest archaeological evidence

The latest archaeological evidence which has managed to alter the period is a discovery of a set of footprints. The footprints were of a child walking alongside a wolf almost 26,000 years ago.

The prints

Evidence Of The Oldest Human-Canine Relationship Found In French CaveHuman and canine prints found in Chauvet Cave. Photo: M.A. Garcia via Ancient Origins

The Chauvet Cave in France has always been famous for sites of the oldest paintings of the world. At the back of the cave, there have been witnessed primitive footsteps of a small child walking with a wolf. These prints stretch to almost 150 ft. and, were made in soft clay. The human prints are of a child barefooted, aged 8-10 years old walking with a wolf. There have also been found evidence that he or she slipped a little on the soft clay back then. Also that the child carried a torch, because there is evidence that at one point of time, he or she ceased to clean the torch, leaving a stain of charcoal. The most amazing part of the finding is the footprint of a canine alongside.

Old theory

In accordance with the old theory, it was the humans, which took charge of the evolution of wolves by selective breeding. They chose in accordance with the traits they desired and killed the ones, which did not abide by them. However, this theory is now outdated.

dogs-1Dogs and humans first became best friends about 30,000 years ago, scientists believe. This is the skull of an Ice Age wolf (Photo: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences/PA)

New theory

In consonance with the new theory, both humans and dogs evolved together. The relationship developed out of the mutual respect for the traits and attributed shown by each of the species. Each side probably did witness the benefit of teamwork and find solace in the company.

Lack of Images

Chauvet projects animal images which number to 400 plus. However, there is not a single picture which indicates of dogs or wolves. This is indicative of two facts. The first fact instigates that humans were unaware of the canines. And, then there is the second notion that the absence of wolf images can be indicative of the aspect that the humans back then did not consider wolf-dogs as a part of animal clan. They were, in fact, thought of as a part of human family hence less or no engraved depictions.

Jewelry identification

Evidence Of The Oldest Human-Canine Relationship Found In French CaveAn ancient neck ornament made of animal teeth

The era in which the wolf-dog and human befriended is also imperative for the development of jewelry. The jewelry was not just for beauty, but served as an identity or membership in a certain group. It is really fascinating to know that the ornaments were made of the teeth of animals, and nearly two-thirds of them were the teeth of wolves or foxes. It can again be indicative of the fact that the canine teeth designated them to be a part of a clan which worked with wolves back then in France.

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