Oldest Canine Bone Ever Documented Shows How Long Man's Best Friend Has Been Around
Though these companions have been around for millennia, nobody knows how long they have existed. However, with the help of precise carbon dating, the timeline is being narrowed down, as noted by Science Alert. Now, thanks to the discovery of a primordial bone, scientists have been adjusting the timeline of man's friendship with canines. A dog humerus was discovered back in 1985 inside the Erralla cave in the Basque Country, Spain. Now, it has been analyzed and dated to years ago that range between 17,096 and 17,410. This was analyzed through carbon dating. All of these were found by researchers of the study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. They also confirmed that the sample was that of Canis lupus familiaris. Before this confirmation, researchers thought the bone belonged to a wild dog from Asia. Now, with the confirmation that the bone was a dog's and not a wolf's, this discovered humerus is the oldest dog bone that has ever been found. ALSO READ: Bizarre Dog Bone-Shaped Asteroid Spied on Best Images Yet Via the Very Large Telescope This data is incredibly essential in understanding dog domestication. It also provides room to discuss the timeline and the characteristics of the remains of dogs like wolves.