Above is the Black Obelisk of Shalmanser III dug up in Iraq by the English archaeologist Sir Henry Layard in 1846. It's Assyrian and dated from between 858 and 824 BCE. It is the most complete Assyrian obelisk ever found. It's full of brags about how ol' Shalmaneser III kicked a bunch of ass all over the Middle East. It's considered historically significant for all kinds of reasons not the least of which is that it contains the oldest known reference to the ancient Hebrews. Currently it's in the British Museum.
But beyond that there's something really odd about it. See the depiction of the elephant? Looks pretty natural. The artist must have seen an elephant before. Probably studied one pretty closely. The people look very lifelike too. They're not overly stylized or exaggerated in any way.
So what about this?
What the hell is that?
I'll tell you what it is. It's a dog with a man's head.
I think this is irrefutable proof that human-headed dogs live in the Middle East 3000 years ago.
Here's a quick sketch of what they must have looked like:
So now that we've established that dog-boys used to live in ancient Iraq the real mystery is what happed to them.
Here's a drawing of a Praying Mantis. Click on it for a larger version.