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Thursday, July 29, 2010

World’s Oldest Known Dog Jaw


In a Swiss cave (Kesslerloch Cave), the earliest known dog jaw fragment has been found. It was discovered back in 1873 but has now been carbon dated. It shows that domestic dogs lived there between 14,100 and 14,600 years ago.

“The Kesslerloch find clearly supports the idea that the dog was an established domestic animal at that time in central Europe,” Napierala says.

Paleontologist Mietje Germonpré of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels, who directed the analysis of the Goyet fossil, stands by his conclusions. “The Kesslerloch dog is not the oldest evidence of dog domestication,” he says.

1 comment:

  1. If memory serves I have read of an older one. Germonpré is right, I think. And interesting find, none the less. The more evidence the better. :)