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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 auditorium.

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 309-547-3721.

[Text from file received from Dickson Mounds Museum]

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