Friday, 18 April 2014

The story of animal domestication retold: Scientists now think wild animals interbred with domesticated ones until quite recently

Date:
April 17, 2014

Source:
Washington University in St. Louis

Summary:
A review of recent research on the domestication of large herbivores suggests that neither intentional breeding nor genetic isolation were as significant as traditionally thought. "Our findings show little control of breeding, particularly of domestic females, and indicate long-term gene flow, or interbreeding, between managed and wild animal populations," a co-author said.


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