Man’s Best Friend

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?

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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.

The evidence?

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.”

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What do you think about this new theory?

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World News Wednesday

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