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Genetics and animal domestication: new windows on an elusive process

By K. Dobney, G. Larson

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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. Although 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.

Date 2006
Publication Title Journal of Zoology
Volume 269
Issue 2
Pages 261-271
ISBN/ISSN 0952-8369
Language English
Author Address Department of Archaeology, University of Durham, Durham, UK. greger.larson@zoology.oxford.ac.uk
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  1. Animal genetics
  2. Biochemistry
  3. Domestication
  4. Evolution
  5. Genes
  6. Genetic engineering
  7. Genetic manipulation
  8. Genetics
  9. Linkage
  10. Livestock
  11. Mathematics and statistics
  12. peer-reviewed
  13. taxonomy
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