Friday, 10 July 2015
NEWSLINK: Ancient Native Americans May Have Had Pet Bobcat
by Tia Ghose, Senior Writer | July 08, 2015 10:37am ET
A 2,000-year-old burial mound discovered in the area that's now Illinois contained the remains of a young bobcat, new research reveals.
The ancient bobcat was wearing a special collar and was found in a ritual burial mound normally reserved for humans.
"It really looked like it had been buried not because it was a feral accessory for a human, but because it was, in some way, kind of respected on its own," said study co-author Angela Perri, a zooarchaeologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany.