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.
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)