May 2015

We may have domesticated dogs a lot earlier than we thought

Fido has been with us a long time!
Scientists have long known that the dog was the first animal we domesticated. Previously, it was thought that we domesticated dogs about 10,000 years ago, at the beginning of the Mesolithic period, while humanity was in the process of transitioning from hunter-gatherer communities to agriculture.
 

First recorded case of dog giving plague to humans in US

Poor puppy! Poor person too, I guess
For the first time in the United States, we have a report of a dog infecting humans with the plague. Last summer, a two year-old pit bull in Colorado was suddenly struck ill with lockjaw, a high fever, and other symptoms. The dog was put to sleep at a vet's office the next day.