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Genetics and animal domestication : new windows on an elusive process.

Dobney, K.. and Larson, G. (2006) 'Genetics and animal domestication : new windows on an elusive process.', Journal of zoology., 269 (2). pp. 261-271.


Domesticated animals are universally familiar. How, when, where and why they became domesticated is less well understood. The genetic revolution of the past few decades has facilitated novel insights into a field that previously, was principally the domain of archaeozoologists. Though some of the conclusions drawn from genetic data have proved to be contentious, many studies have significantly altered or refined our understanding of past human animal relationships. This review seeks not only to discuss the wider concerns and ramifications of genetic approaches to the study of animal domestication, but also to provide a broader theoretical framework for understanding the process itself. More specifically, we discuss issues related to the terminology associated with domestication, the possibility of domestication genes, and the promise and problems of genetics to answer the fundamental questions associated with domestication.

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Keywords:Domestication, Animals, DNA.
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Record Created:06 Apr 2009
Last Modified:16 Apr 2009 15:08

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