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To: SunkenCiv
They were domesticated because they were useful and/or taste good.

Compare a Prime Beef Steak to venison and you'll see what I mean.

Don't get me wrong, Venison is great. But it's not prime beef either.

20 posted on 04/23/2014 1:25:48 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

:’) 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.


24 posted on 04/23/2014 1:50:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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