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  • Archeology, Humans, Dogs, and Horses

    When young and wanting to be archeologist, during library-athons would occasionally find references to what place horses/dogs held in lives ancient humans.
    Would imagine taming wild creatures (Supergirl got nothing on Cavegirl!), and taking down big prey together. Primitive horse and dog run down anything with right human (me!)

    No longer interested in taking down any prey, and definitely would be pescatarian/vegetarian if didn’t have grocery stores, but still love dogs, horses, ancient history. Coupla short non-tech articles putting them together:

    https://phys.org/news/2019-01-year-o...dan-early.html
    https://phys.org/news/2020-02-result...n-ice-age.html
    https://phys.org/news/2009-03-archae...ic-horses.html
    https://phys.org/news/2020-03-humans...eologists.html




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    Strange that California indians didn't develop a horse culture of any kind, as far as I am aware of. Horses were eaten in historical times but mostly not ridden.
    As for dogs, we read some tribes kept them and others didn't. Wappo in Napa and Sonoma are said not to have had dogs but did have other animals as pets. The Patwin , their neighbors, did keep dogs and even used them in hunting. Why adjacent people's with very similar lifestyles would have this difference is unknown and quite odd, when you think about it.

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    • Cecilia
      Cecilia commented
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      This theory of Cecilia, Cavegirl: Man hunted horses for food, running herds into pits and other traps. Dogs were Man’s hunting rivals. Packs of them pulled down meat that human “packs” wanted, too. I can easily imagine a scenario where the two packs end up same place, after same dinner, maybe a horse. Dogs undoubtedly fought for “their” food, as did Man for his. Ancient human and canine lives tangled in most unpleasant way. Man wins: takes out a Mama Dog or two, and takes home Mama Horse, as dinner.

      Pups crying, little baby foal crying. Mama Human woman takes puppies and colt/filly home with her to raise (after she skins and cooks Mama Horse). Domestication begins.....

  • #3
    There’s site reports showing dog burials in mounds in south west Florida, indicating they were held in high regard, (Noah liked em too,,he had a couple of em on the Ark. )
    Floridaboy.

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    • Cecilia
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      👍thank you Noah!

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    I've heard of some theories that man may have inadvertently helped the more docile wolves (maybe pups) who would be near humans but not be aggressive, therefore getting food scraps, not starving, growing stronger and having a better chance to reproduce. Passing on a calmer personality to the next generation of wolves, eventually becoming easier to domesticate. Makes sense to me.

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    • Cecilia
      Cecilia commented
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      Yay, FlintGuy! Wanted to address Dog's predecessor Wolf, but you said for me. Also, I read same thing in several sources.
      Last edited by Cecilia; 03-30-2020, 03:20 PM.
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