An archaeological investigation of 'man's best friend'
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[May 02, 2012]
LEWISTOWN -- The next Illinois Valley
Archaeological Society lecture will be this evening (Tuesday) at 7.
Dr. Chris Widga, assistant curator of geology at the Illinois State
Museum, will present "Canine Companions: A Natural History of the
Domestic Dog." The monthly program is at the Dickson Mounds
Widga will review recent genetic, morphological and archaeological
research in the study of dog domestication, including important
finds at prehistoric Native American sites in Illinois and elsewhere
in the Midwest. As the earliest domesticated animal, the dog has
been integrated into almost every aspect of human society. Whether
used for hunting, transportation or quiet companionship,
domesticated canids provide a uniquely detailed perspective on
evolutionary studies and the role animals play in human culture.
Illinois Valley Archaeological Society programs are free of
charge, and the public is welcome. For more information, call
[Text from file received from
Dickson Mounds Museum]