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having escaped the Late-Pleistocene extinctions that eliminated most large mammal species of the Americas and Australia60, has the largest number of large wild mammal species. But there is a second part to the answer — a much higher percentage of large mammal species proved domesticable in Eurasia (18%) than in any other continent (Table 9.2 of ref. 1). Especially striking is the contrast of Eurasia with sub-Saharan Africa, where none of the 51 large mammal species was domesticable. This difference constitutes a problem not in human behaviour, but in animal behaviour and sociobiology — something about African environments selected for one or more of the six mammalian traits that made domestication difficult. We already have some clues, as many of Africa’s large mammals are species of antelopes and other open-country mammals whose herds lack the follow-the-leader dominance hierarchies characterizing Eurasian cattle, sheep, goats and horses3,61. To resolv...
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