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In Taming Dogs, Humans May Have Sought a Meal


Science & Tech  (tags: wolves, dogs, china, domestication, food, genetic, diversity, science, genomic, archaeology, research, discovery, mitochondrial, DNA, technology, study )

Tom
- 2932 days ago - nytimes.com
Wolves may have domesticated themselves in China when they began scavenging around the garbage dumps at the first human settlements. As they became tamer, they were captured and bred. Given local traditions, the wolves would have been bred to be eaten.



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BernadetteP P (72)
Tuesday September 8, 2009, 6:49 pm
NOT GOOD THANK TOM
 

MmAway M (501)
Tuesday September 8, 2009, 9:46 pm
Thanks Tom....

This was a totally fasinating article to me...

Gotta print this one out!

To bad that Man got involved with these animals in the first place, NOW WE ARE TRULY THE ROTTEN BREED!!!

And, all of these wolves, Dogs, etc, are the endangered ones.
 

Kit B (276)
Tuesday September 8, 2009, 10:01 pm
But China is not the only place that considers dogs and wolves fit for the table. I fear as food becomes more expensive and less available this will increase and not decrease. Truly sad.
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Tuesday September 8, 2009, 11:10 pm
i agree with Kit B. This is going to be very difficult to civilize people. There are too many people on this earth in the first place.
 

mary f (202)
Wednesday September 9, 2009, 3:27 am
if we could civilize and stop eating other creatures that would be a breakthriugh
 

. (0)
Wednesday September 9, 2009, 7:48 am
Nothing vere good came out of this country, and yes their are like predators, always looking for something to devour..
 

Doug G (25)
Wednesday September 9, 2009, 12:12 pm
http://www.care2.com/news/member/690582472/1240109
 

Iain Parkes (0)
Wednesday September 9, 2009, 2:40 pm
Eating dogs is probably the best thing we could do with them! I am sick of having to side step their Poo's when I am out and about!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 9, 2009, 5:12 pm
I am not surprised by such a conclusion since many indigenous peoples ate dogs, including among the populations in present-day North America. Of course this has thankfully disappeared over the millenia in most societies. Thank you Tom.
 

Mark G (36)
Thursday September 10, 2009, 5:46 am
Fascinating information. I have never heard this, but it makes sense.
You don't have to look very far back in history to find where the majority of humans had to eat virtually anything to keep from starving. In China this wasn't that long ago at all. Just 10 years ago during my trips to China I was both amazed and repulsed by what they considered "food." Fish eyes, rats, dogs, snakes ,chicken feet and on and on. I have even seen some type of racoon looking animal in a restaurant cage there. But truthfully their recent ancestors were perpetually on the verge of starvation. If you and you family are starving, I imagine you will learn to eat most anything. From our well-fed perspective that is hard to understand perhaps.
 

Jamie Clemons (282)
Thursday September 10, 2009, 11:08 am
They tamed cats in Egypt to protect their grain stores and get rid of rats.
 

Deborah L (70)
Tuesday November 10, 2009, 9:29 am
Perhaps if humans limited themselves to a reasonable number of children, rather than an excess, we would not have to rely on other creatures for food. My parents believed in zero population growth before it was ever heard of. If all couples limited themselves to two children to replace them on the earth, we would not have the over population we see today.
 

Pam Burton (25)
Tuesday November 10, 2009, 5:39 pm
Some Native American tribes served Dog as a "sacred Feast".....And just a few years ago a chinese take-out got caught serving Cat Meat as Chicken....US HUMANS need to quit over breeding.We also need to stop saving EVERYONE at the expense of ALL OTHER LIFE ON EARTH...WE ARE A VIRUS....Just like Cancer...And to Iain Parks.....People should pick up after their pets....Just as you change your childs diaper.....HeeHee-children-the OTHER "meat"....[just joking]
 
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