The foxes were kept as Bronze Age tribal pets 4300 years ago and buried together with their human masters, new research found.
The remains found in two ancient cemeteries in Spain showed how foxes were laid to rest with their human and canine companions thousands of years ago.
Foxes are more difficult to domesticate than other animals because of "stubborn savage," experts say. , so it was believed they were never tampered with.
Dr. Aurora Grand-d'Aglede, paleontologist at the University of Coruna, Spain, said: "The Can Roqueta fox's case is very special because it is an old animal with a broken leg.
"The fracture is still in the healing process and shows signs of being immobilized and cured by humans."
"Feeding this animal is very unusual as it is closer to the dog.
"We interpret it as a domestic animal that has long lived with humans." The study, published in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, found that foxes and dogs were tamed and their diet was similar to that of their owners.
Dr. Grande Greene said: "In some cases, we found that dogs had a special type of food. We think this is related to their work as working dogs.
"Besides, one of the foxes shows signs that he was already a domestic animal."
The findings of her team are based on bone analysis foxes, 37 dogs, 19 goats, cows and sheep and 64 people. extracted chemicals known as isotopes, which revealed the food the animals would have eaten thousands of years ago.
The three foxes of Minferri have had a varied diet similar to that of the dogs.
In two of the tombs found on the site, the remains of three individuals were found together with a number of animals.
Dr. Ariadne Nieto Espinet, an archaeologist at Lleida University, said: "In one, there was an old man's body with remnants of a whole cow and legs of up to seven goats.
were also found remnants of a young woman sacrificing a goat, two foxes and a horn of cattle. "
Another contained the body of an individual, probably a woman accompanied by the whole body of two cows and two dogs. Dr Nieto Espinett said, "We still do not know why only a few people would have the right or the privilege to be buried with this type of offering, unlike what happens with most funerals."
In Can Roqueta has clear disparities in pet animals in the tombs of men, women and even children. From this we can conclude the existence of an inheritance of social status from birth.
Nieto Espinet said domestic animals are a very important part of the livestock and livestock farm. The Bronze Age Economics – and the belongings of some people in life.
She added, "They can be an indicator of the wealth of the deceased individual or of his family or family." Species such as cattle and dogs, two of the most common animals in the funeral, are those that could play a major role in the economy and work, as well as in the symbolic world, becoming elements of display, prestige and protection. 19659032] Foxes are more difficult to domesticate than other animals because of "stubborn savagery," say experts, so they are believed to have never been tamed (photo) ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />
Foxes are more difficult to domesticate than other animals because of "stubborn savagery," experts say, (Photo)
In Can Roqueta there was even a specialty                                    signs of "People are probably looking for a high carbohydrate diet because the animals are developing more active work that requires immediate calorie costs."
Cows, sheep and goats are had a predominantly herbivore diet. Their function was probably to provide milk, meat or wool rather than serve as a workforce.
People and dogs show signs of moderate consumption of animal protein.
Dr. Grandal said, "It's not necessarily a lot of meat – they could be, for example, obtained from milk."
Objects that have also been discovered in the trenches included sieves that serve as "cheese devices". The main role of dogs during the Bronze Age when livestock farming, together with agriculture, was the basis of the economy, was the monitoring and management of herds.
They were also responsible for the care of human settlements. The risk of the frequent presence of dangerous animals such as wolves or bears
Similar pathologies have also recently been identified in the vertebrae of Siberian palaeolithic dogs, suggesting that one of the first tasks after their early taming was the pulling of sleds
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