In a dark cave in the south of France, there lies a new answer to a question we humans have wondered since man first began having dogs as pets.
Exactly when did wild, scavenging wolves become the frolicking pets we know and love today?
The Wall Street Journal‘s Mark Derr explores this question with controversial new evidence of a socialized “dogwolf” dating back from 33,000 years ago who “kept company with” homo sapiens.
A set of markings recently discovered in France’s Chauvet Cave: “the bare footprints of an 8- to 10-year-old torch-bearing boy left in the mud of a back chamber [of the cave] some 26,000 years ago—and, alongside one of them, the paw print of his traveling companion, variously identified as a wolf or a large dog.”
Says Derr, “The emerging story sees humans and proto-dogs evolving together” which “could totally rewrite the story of man and dog and what they mean to each other.”
What do you think about this new theory?