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date: 08 August 2022

Early History of Animal Domestication in Southwest Asia 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Agriculture and the Environment
Benjamin S. ArbuckleBenjamin S. Arbuckle

The origin of domestic animals is one of the crucial events of human prehistory. Livestock have long been seen as a central part of the transformative events of the Neolithic Revolution, that shift from hunting and gathering toward economies based on food production, taking place at the end of the Pleistocene. The impact of livestock, however, was not limited to providing a reliable source of protein, fat, and calories. Instead, the management and domestication of livestock touched every aspect of human culture, transforming agricultural production, views of the natural world, and political relationships as well as the demographics and genetics of both the livestock species and the humans who tended them and utilized their primary and secondary products (... ...

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