Skip to comments.More questions than answers as mystery of domestication deepens
Posted on 04/23/2014 11:25:00 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
...why did people domesticate a mere dozen or so of the roughly 200,000 species of wild flowering plants? And why only about five of the 148 species of large wild mammalian herbivores or omnivores? And while were at it, why havent more species of either plants or animals been domesticated in modern times? ...
[Fiona Marshall:] We used to think cats and dogs were real outliers in the animal domestication process because they were attracted to human settlements for food and in some sense domesticated themselves. But new research is showing that other domesticated animals may be more like cats and dogs than we thought."
...the first domestications may have been triggered by climate change at the end of the last ice age in combination with social issues.
As a result, people abandoned the hunter-gatherer lifestyle they had successfully followed for 95 percent of human history and turned instead to the new strategies of farming and herding.
As we head into a new era of climate change, Marshall said it would be comforting to know that we understood what happened then and why.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.wustl.edu ...
Pinto Pete was danged lucky that no one liked horse meat that much, eh? :’)
It’s just wrong that to get money for very valid and interesting research some “climate change” angle seems necessary.
That’s one of the problems of modern interdisciplinary studies. It shouldn’t have to be.
:’) The main advantage to, for example, the auroch, which was (or at least believed to be) the wild species from which modern cattle come, is that they didn’t run needlessly and didn’t care much whether there was a barrier around them so long as the food was available.
Even before domestication, the open range for the animals made it possible to hunt them effectively without necessarily moving around by the season, because they moved by the herd and stayed in areas where their food was. My belief is that meat was so desirable — and the higher protein led to more brain development in utero and in childhood — that fixed communities of hunter-gatherers were the transitional phase between migratory human bands and settled agriculture.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site
Earliest Mound Site
Watson Brake, a Middle Archaic Mound Complex in Northeast Louisiana
Ouachita River Mounds: A Five Millennium Mystery
Myth of the Hunter-Gatherer
Also, I've read that one guy speculates that dogs domesticated us.
I can't remember if he was bred but if he was I am sure that his foals noticed the consequences of bad behavior and adjusted.
It's the stripes.
Zebras just don't see themselves as part of civilized society.
RC = Roman Catholic years?
And just small marginal differences between groups would quickly add up. Think of Koreans when Americans first came during the war. They were small, but now Koreans are as big as an average American, though not quite so tasty when bbq’d.
Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.
The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:
1. Liberals; and
Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.
Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement.
Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q’s and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.
Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as girliemen.
I tend to agree.
And a grove of trees at winter camp would be able to be left to grow without supervision ready to be picked when you returned in the fall.
Hard to disagree with that. I'd much rather live in a house than a zebra :).
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