In a paper published online in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, a team headed by geneticist Raul Tito of the University of Oklahoma reports finding a dog bone in 9,260-year-old naturally preserved human feces. According to team member Samuel Belknap III, a graduate student at the University of Maine at Orono, it is the earliest incontrovertible evidence for domesticated dogs in the New World. "And I feel fairly confident that it's the oldest direct evidence of human consumption of dog in the world," notes Belknap.
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