“First Of Its Kind” Fossil Shows Humans, Dogs Lived In Central America In 10,000 BC

The presence of canines is an indication that people have been additionally dwelling in a spot (Representational)

San Jose, Costa Rica:

The fossil of a jaw bone may show that domesticated canines lived in Central America way back to 12,000 years in the past, in keeping with a research by Latin American scientists.

The canines, and their masters, doubtlessly lived alongside big animals, researchers say.

A 1978 dig in Nacaome, northeast Costa Rica, discovered bone stays from the Late Pleistocene.

Excavations started within the Nineties and produced the stays of a large horse, Equus sp, a glyptodon (a big armadillo), a mastodon (an ancestor of the trendy elephant) and a bit of jaw from what was initially considered a coyote cranium.

“We thought it was very strange to have a coyote in the Pleistocene, that is to say 12,000 years ago,” Costa Rican researcher Guillermo Vargas instructed AFP.

“When we started looking at the bone fragments, we started to see characteristics that could have been from a dog.

“So we saved wanting, we scanned it… and it confirmed that it was a canine dwelling with people 12,000 years in the past in Costa Rica.”

The presence of dogs is a sign that humans were also living in a place.

“We thought it was unusual {that a} pattern was categorised as a coyote as a result of they solely arrived in Costa Rica within the twentieth century.”

– First of its kind –

The coyote is a relative of the domestic dog, although with a different jaw and more pointed teeth.

“The canine eats the leftovers from human meals. Its tooth will not be so determinant in its survival,” said Vargas.

“It hunts giant prey with its human companions. This pattern displays that distinction.”

Humans are believed to have emigrated to the Americas across the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska during the last great ice age.

“The first domesticated canines entered the continent about 15,000 years in the past, a product of Asians migrating throughout the Bering Strait,” said Raul Valadez, a biologist and zooarcheologist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

“There have by no means been canines with out individuals,” Valadez told AFP by telephone.

The presence of humans during the Pleistocene has been attested in Mexico, Chile and Patagonia, but never in Central America, until now.

“This could possibly be the oldest canine within the Americas,” said Vargas.

So far, the oldest attested dog remains were found in Alaska and are 10,150 years old.

Oxford University has offered to perform DNA and carbon dating tests on the sample to discover more genetic information about the animal and its age.

The fossil is currently held at Costa Rica’s national museum but the sample cannot be re-identified as a dog without validation by a specialist magazine.

“This canine discovery can be the primary proof of people in Costa Rica throughout a interval a lot earlier” than currently thought, said Vargas.

“It would present us that there have been societies that might maintain canines, that had meals surpluses, that had canines out of want and that these weren’t battle canines that might trigger harm.”

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