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When 'Whole-Family' Cemeteries Include Our Pets

Some cemeteries allow "green" burials with pets, a tradition that extends back millennia into prehistory, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.
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At Bonn-Oberkassel in Germany's Rhineland, two people were buried together with a dog 14,000 years ago.

At Lake Baikal in Siberia, such human-dog graves date to between 8,000 and 5,000 years ago; some of the dogs were buried wearing decorative collars.

Cats factor into this anthrozoological prehistory, too: 9,500 years ago at a site called Shillourokambos in Cyprus, a cat was buried with a person.

While we can't know anything about the nature of the specific emotional ties between people and individual animals so far back in time, it's a pretty sure bet that some kind

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