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Smiley Black Lab Becomes First Canine Archaeologist

Smiley Black Lab Becomes First Canine Archaeologist

By Animal Planet

Migaloo (above) is a black Labrador Retriever mutt who has become the first certified archaeology dog in Australia. She works with archaeologists hoping to uncover grave sites all over Australia and, eventually, from ancient civilizations all over the world.

So why is Migaloo uncovering histories of the world? Simple. Dogs have an exceptional olfactory system, allowing them to sniff out the faintest of odors. This makes bone detection a breeze, even if it lies beneath layers of earth. Migaloo, in particular, took part in a six-month-long training exercise which included field trials and uncovering a 250-year-old remain from a native burial site.

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Migaloo also holds the world record for the oldest bone discovered by a dog, after digging up a 600-year-old human bone buried more than 6 feet underground. The previous record was a 425-year-old human bone, set 25 years ago by a cadaver dog named Candy.

Keryn Walshe, an archaeology researcher at the SA Museum, said that Migaloo was able to find the first of four burial sites in under a minute. “She was spot on,” said Walshe to News.com.au.

(Source: News.com.au; Photo source: The Courier-Mail)

 

 

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11:09AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Smart baby

12:04AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Awesome, thanks

5:40AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Hope she's been trained not to eat the relics

12:08AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Impressive. For all the dog trainers who spent 6 months to train these beautiful creatures to assist " man for the sake of science...Thank you.

7:20PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Aren't dogs wonderful . . . . . .

12:10PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Amazing. I wouldn't have thought a dog could detect things this old or deeply buried.

5:22AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:31PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

thank you from an owner of a black labx rescued from a shelter

2:11PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

5:14AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Dogs can get the most surprising jobs, but this one is really special.

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