It turns out that dogs may have more history as "woman's best friend" than as "man's best friend."
A new study has revealed archaeological evidence indicating that prehistoric women from the early Neolithic period may have lived very canine-centric lives.
Andrea Waters-Rist, an author of the study and an archaeologist at Leiden University said that it is not unlikely that the females in a living group were actually in more direct day-to-day contact with the dogs than the males. "It is possible that females were more involved in caring for the dogs -- possibly more often the ones who fed them, organized living quarters for them, and cleaned up after them."
The archaeological team excavated and examined the remains of two 8,000-year-old cemeteries located near Lake Baikal in Siberia. The evidence collected led the researchers to determine that the women in both burial grounds had contracted a parasitic infection called echinococcosis.
Echinococcosis typically only occurs in humans when they have had direct contact with canines.