Looked like the dogs of ancient Scots
Researchers have created a three-dimensional reconstruction of the dog’s muzzle, who lived about 4,500 years ago in Scotland. The reconstruction made on the basis of a skull found during excavations of a Neolithic burial on the Orkney Islands.
April 20, 2019 at 08:45
The ancient dog was the size of a large collie and is something similar to the European grey wolf, writes LiveScience. The reconstruction will help to reveal data not only about the ritual practices and the symbolic meaning of dogs in Orkney in the later Neolithic period, but also on the appearance of domesticated dogs in the third Millennium BC.
In those days, according to scientists, the domesticated dog had a more protruding front of the head, shorter than the wolf, the face and, consequently, more closely spaced teeth. In addition, scientists believe that, compared with wolves, these dogs were more floppy ears, smaller brain, less long tail and more lightweight speckled wool.
The remains of ancient dogs have been found in Neolithic burial in Scotland in 1901, but only now experts were able to create a realistic reconstruction. One of the skulls found the specialists studied using a CT scanner, so was able to get enough information to print a 3D model, which then worked by the artist.