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December 07, 2010

Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read

An ancient Egyptian mausoleum may hold clues to the transformation of the gray wolf into more than four-hundred modern dog breeds (via Gates of Vienna).

in 1897, French adventurer Jacques de Morgan found himself standing in a dark crypt in Egypt, knee-deep in bones that crackled and snapped with every step he took: He had discovered the world's largest dog cemetery.

De Morgan's pioneering discovery was soon forgotten in professional circles. But now, more than a century later, researchers from Cardiff University, in Wales, have turned their attention to the dog mausoleum once again and are conducting excavations at the site. Paul Nicholson, a lecturer in archaeology from the university who is leading the dig, says that thousands of mummified dogs were once placed into niches in the cavern.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 7, 2010 09:58 AM