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Unformatted text preview: n. After posing the unresolved questions that I would most like to see answered, I conclude by speculating about possible future domestications of plants and animals, and of ourselves. By a domesticate, I mean a species bred in captivity and thereby modified from its wild ancestors in ways making it more useful to humans who control its reproduction and (in the case of animals) its food supply. Domestication is thus distinct from mere taming of wild-born animals. Hannibal’s African war elephants were, and modern Asian work elephants still are, just tamed wild individuals, not individuals of a genetically distinct population born and reared in captivity. In 1997 I summarized available information about domestication and its consequences for human history in a book1. Since then, new details have continued to accumulate, and unanswered questions have come into sharper focus. Sources for statements not specifically referenced will generally be found in refs 1–9. The past of domestication
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This note was uploaded on 12/10/2012 for the course HORT 306 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.
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