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Dogs have been loved for 10,000 years science shows. We didn’t know how to write and we roamed around from one place to another.

Three dog, ancient gravesites were found in Illinois. The dogs were buried right beside human gravesites. This monumental discovery is considered the first true burials of dogs in the world.

Research was presented in April 2018 by Angela Perri who’s a Zoo- archaeologist. The findings were presented to the Society for American Archaeology.

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We know that dogs have been man’s best friend for at least 10,000 years but now we know how much human beings cared when their pets died. Each of the three dogs had their own grave plots.

For thousands of years Early Americans have had dogs. However, the type of relationship there was between the two went unknown and was hard to pinpoint. New research has found by using radiocarbon for dating of the dogs’ bones that they were 1,500 years older than they initially thought.

This new discovery gives the Illinois trio the title of being the oldest dog remains ever found in the United States. The second oldest bones come from Texas dating back 9,300 years. However, the remains showed they might have been food instead of friends.

The mystery of the Illinois dogs after skeletal analysis of their teeth and jaws showed more of a resemblance to modern wolves. Also, from the structure of the bones they may have been interbred with today’s coyotes. None of the bones weren’t damaged in the Illinois gravesite – the dogs died from natural causes.

What’s more secretive is how the people arrived in America. As humans made their move about 11,500 years ago from the Asian parts of the world to the Great Plains of the north the dogs may have accompanied them, says Perri.

“The appearance of the earliest domesticated dogs in the Midwest around 10,000 years ago presents a conundrum both temporally and spatially,” Perri wrote. “If dogs arrived with the first migrating human groups, the earliest dog remains should appear in northern and western North America during the Paleoindian period.”

Let’s just say a little more digging and sniffing is needed.

3D Model by Jason Herrmann on Sketchfab, courtesy of the Center for American Archeology.

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