Sunday, February 6, 2011

Prehistoric humans had foxes as pets

Honey, I am taking the fox for a walk....
Before dog became man's best friend, our ancestors might have kept foxes as pets.

Bones from a pre-historic burial ground (about 16,500 years old) in northern Jordan indicate that people got buried with their favorite pets, which include dogs as well as foxes.

I find it interesting to imagine how our world would look different if humans adopted foxes instead of dogs as our pets; current dogs breeds are variations of original Asian wolves (read more about evolutionary origins of dogs here). Imagine how many different breeds of pet foxes we might have instead.

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