Carved into a sandstone cliff on the edge of a bygone river in the Arabian Desert, a hunter draws his bow for the kill. He is accompanied by 13 dogs, each with its own coat markings; two animals have lines running from their necks to the man’s waist.

This Science Magazine clip shows us how these engravings likely date back more than 8000 years, making them the earliest depictions of dogs. This conclusion is based on newly published research “Pre-Neolithic evidence for dog-assisted hunting strategies in Arabia”.

 


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