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Nature 276, 608 - 610 (07 December 1978); doi:10.1038/276608a0

Evidence for domestication of the dog 12,000 years ago in the Natufian of Israel

SIMON J. M. DAVIS* & FRANÇOIS R. VALLA

*Department of Zoology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Centre de Recherches Préhistoriques, Français de Jérusalem, Israel

THREE canid finds from the Natufian in the northern Israeli sites of Bin Mallaha (Eynan) and Hayonim terrace indicate a special man–animal relationship. These consist of a diminutive carnassial and mandible, and a wolf or dog puppy skeleton buried with a human. The finding of a puppy skeleton in such close association with man is of particular significance as an indication of a close relationship between man and dog.

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