Shameless ancient humans may have robbed their dinner from wild hunting dogs

Evidence has emerged that ancient humans may have stolen food from packs of wild dogs to survive.

It is thought that the earliest humans living outside Africa would have shared the landscape with the packs and taken advantage of the canine's ability to catch prey.

For many years archaeologists have been excavating at a site near Dmanisi in Georgia where it is thought the earliest Europeans have been discovered.

The 'Dmanisi humans' in Georgia provide the earliest fossil evidence of ancient humans living outside of Africa, reports New Scientist.

Now archaeologists have found evidence of prehistoric hunting dogs in the area after a dog was unearthed at the Dmanisi site.

It could be that canines and humans crossed paths when hunting dogs were spreading into Africa.

Saverio Bartolini-Lucenti at the University of Florence, Italy, and his colleagues studied the now extinct breed of Eurasian hunting dog, which is related to the African hunting dog.

Bartolini-Lucenti said: "Picture an African hunting dog, but stouter with long limbs like an Irish wolfhound, but not so thin.”

The incredible exciting find would be the earliest Eurasian hunting dog found in Europe and would date back around 1.8million years.

Wild dogs are believed to have originated in Asia, before reaching Europe and eventually find their way to Africa.

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African hunting dogs are known to hunt in huge packs and have one of the most successful kill rates out of all the top predators.

The pack work by chasing prey over great distances where they eventually wear the animal down until it can no longer try to escape.

Due to their relatively small size and the abundance of larger predators wild dogs have learnt to consume food as quickly as possible.

Bartolini-Lucenti suspects that this may have been the case with early humans too, who would have scared off the dogs after they completed the kill.

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