good boys

Dogs are such ubiquitous parts of modern life that it's sometimes easy to forget that man's best friend wasn't always by our sides. Humans are thought to have begun domesticating dogs around 15,000 years ago, but evidence of the earliest centuries of the human/canine partnership remains hard to come by. Now, newly discovered stone carvings in Saudi Arabia reveal some interesting tidbits about ancient man's attempts at canine domestication, and are thought to be some of the very first drawings of very good boys ever etched by humans.

Researchers from the max Planck University and the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage have been studying the carvings in an attempt to accurately date them. At present, the crude drawings are thought to be around 9,000 years old. The etchings depict hunters with canine companions, and there's one thing in particular that is especially interesting: the very first possible evidence of dog leashes.

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