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Title: An osteobiography of a 19th-century dog from Toronto, Canada
Authors: Tourigny, E.
Thomas, R.
Guiry, E.
Earp, R.
Allen, A.
Rothenburger, J. L.
Lawler, D.
First Published: 17-Aug-2015
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 2016, 26 (5), pp. 818-829
Abstract: A 19th-century dog burial uncovered from a historical homelot in Toronto, Canada, provided a unique opportunity to reconstruct the individual's osteobiography. Of particular interest are the dog's very large size and a suite of skeletal pathologies. Recovery of a nearly complete skeleton combined with the use of X-rays and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) allowed for a discriminating differential diagnoses. Stable isotope analyses were applied to investigate questions of diet. Results reveal an individual who suffered greatly from disease towards the end of his life and hint at its owners attitudes towards dogs. The interdisciplinary approach applied to this case study highlights the potential information obtainable from pet burials. We argue that better analyses and reporting of pet burials will help address research questions targeting broader themes related to human–animal relationships.
DOI Link: 10.1002/oa.2483
ISSN: 1047-482X
eISSN: 1099-1212
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Wiley. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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