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Early Cowboys Herded Cattle in Africa

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Science  12 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5566, pp. 236
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5566.236a

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On page 336, researchers shore up the controversial idea that humans domesticated cattle in Africa, not just in Near East Asia as archaeologists have believed for decades. The study also fills in details of how domesticated cattle were herded across the continent, and it could provide insights into how humans learned to produce food.