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Reading the Signs of Ancient Animal Domestication

Science  20 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5393, pp. 1448
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5393.1448

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Researchers are shaking up their old conclusions about when--and why--each of the more than two dozen domesticated animals was brought under human rule by using more sensitive techniques, such as tracing demographic patterns in bone assemblages, to tease out the signature of human handling. So far such methods are pushing back the dates of domestication of one animal--pigs--revealing animal husbandry in what is now southeastern Turkey long before cultivation began there. More examples may follow.

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