The Archaeology of Cats and Dogs

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights

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$11 6 seats left
Start Date:

Thu, Jan 23, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave
Btwn Sterling & St John Places
Brooklyn, New York 11238
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Patty Hamrick

What you'll learn in this history lesson:

While many animals today face the threat of extinction, the numbers of dogs and cats are only climbing. They’ve tagged along at humanity’s heels since the Ice Age, an important part of our quest for world domination. But how did they evolve from wild predators into pampered pets?

This class will explore the long and fascinating history of cats and dogs. Did you know that dogs are the world’s first domesticated animal? Or that cats probably domesticated themselves – and are still mostly wild today? We’ll study the DNA of wolves and wildcats to learn when and where our constant companions were first introduced to our homes. We’ll trace their spread across the globe through fossils and footprints. We’ll look at Egyptian mummies, Roman mosaics, Aztec temples, and Chinese tombs to see how different cultures have treated these two fascinating species. We’ll even investigate the origin of some of today’s most popular breeds – was your furry friend originally raised to hunt rats or to fit inside a royal lady’s sleeve?

They’ve been gods and guards, food, witch’s familiars, hunters, pack animals, sacrifices, and much, much more – the only constant has been their important place by human’s side. Come learn about the archaeology of cats and dogs: it might surprise you!

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If you're looking for a refund or class credit, you need to back out of the class a full week before it starts. (No exceptions!) We know it's draconian, but since we aren't charging an arm and a leg and have to buy all our materials in advance, it's kinda hard to deal with last-minute bailings.

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Instead of dropping out if you have a schedule conflict, a better idea is to ask around and see if any of your friends want the spot. We can't give you a refund less than a week out, even if there's a wait list for the class. 

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