The First Nation came to the Americas ~15,000 years ago. They brought their dogs.

Ettore Mazza

An international team of researchers led by archaeologist Dr. Angela Perri, of Durham University, UK, looked at the archaeological and genetic records of ancient people and dogs.

They found that the first people to cross into the Americas before 15,000 years ago, who were of northeast Asian descent, were accompanied by their dogs.

The researchers say this discovery suggests that dog domestication likely took place in Siberia before 23,000 years ago. People and their dogs then eventually travelled both west into the rest of Eurasia, and east into the Americas…

The Americas were one of the last regions in the world to be settled by people. By this same time, dogs had been domesticated from their wolf ancestors and were likely playing a variety of roles within human societies.

Nicely enough, they still do.

6 thoughts on “The First Nation came to the Americas ~15,000 years ago. They brought their dogs.

  1. p/s says:

    “A new analysis of a horse previously believed to be from the Ice Age shows that the animal actually died just a few hundred years ago–and was raised, ridden and cared for by Native peoples. The study sheds light on the early relationships between horses and their guardians in the Americas.
    The findings, published today in the journal American Antiquity, are the latest in the saga of the “Lehi horse.”
    “For Carlton Shield Chief Gover, a coauthor of the new study, the research is another example of the buried history of Indigenous groups and horses.
    He explained that most researchers have tended to view this relationship through a European lens: Spaniards brought the animals to the Americas on boats, and white settlers shaped how Native peoples interacted with them.
    But that view glosses over just how uniquely Indigenous the horse became in the Americas after those first introductions.”

    “Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Lehi Horse: Implications for Early Historic Horse Cultures of the North American West” (Cambridge University press)

  2. Update says:

    Scientists Find A 20,000-Year-Old Link Between Brazil’s Indigenous People And Ancient Australians : Researchers guess the ancient people crossing the Bering Land Bridge from Asia brought the Australian DNA with them.
    “This Australasian−Native American connection persists as one of the most intriguing and poorly understood events in human history”

  3. p/s says:

    Archaeologists uncover earliest evidence of domesticated dogs in Arabian Peninsula : Dog bones dated between circa 4200 and 4000 BCE discovered
    It was in the volcanic uplands site that 26 fragments of a single dog’s bones were found, alongside with bones from 11 humans – six adults, an adolescent and four children.
    The dog’s bones showed signs of arthritis, which suggests the animal lived with the humans into its middle or old age.

  4. Dealings says:

    Domestic dogs show many adaptations to living closely with humans, but they do not seem to reciprocate food-giving according to a study, publishing July 14 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.
    “…the authors suggest that the dogs may not have understood the experiment because humans are typically the food-giver in the relationship, not the receiver, or because the dogs failed to recognize the connection between the human’s helpful behavior and the reward.
    The authors add: “In our study, pet dogs received food from humans but did not return the favour.”

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