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Domesticated donkeys originated in Africa

A genetic study has revealed that domesticated donkeys first originated in Northeast Africa.

The new findings suggest that two populations of wild asses in Africa were the first to be domesticated by people thousands of years ago, and these donkeys then traveled with people to other parts of the world. Albano Beja-Pereira of Université Joseph Fourier in France led the study published online today in Science.

Donkeys are, by definition, domesticated asses, and they constitute their own species, Equus asinus.

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Story: Kate Ruder, GNN | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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