The domestication of dogs started around 30,000 years ago when wolves started to self-select to live on the edges of human society in Eurasian. It wasn’t until about 14,000 years ago that we had the animal of dog as we know it.
Thousands of years after the species of dog occurred, humans started to intentionally breed dogs for hunting, protection, and to be animals of burden. Today on River to River, Matt Hill joins host Ben Kieffer to explore this special human-canine bond. Hill is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa, and he specializes in examining how humans interact with the environment and have integrated ecology historically.