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Cow jawbone sheds light on cattle domestication in China

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The jawbone of a cow, discovered in China, has revealed that cattle domestication in the area began about 10,000 years ago.

After excavating the jawbone of a cow in northern China with telltale characteristics of being a domesticated animal, a multidisciplinary team of researchers report that humans may have started domesticating cattle around the same time in more regions of the world than previously believed.

A little more than 10,000 years ago, early humans had already begun domesticating cattle in the Near East, according the research team, which was co-led by scientists from University of York and Yunnan Normal University. Early domestication efforts gave rise to humpless, or taurine, cattle, followed about 2,000 years later by the domestication of humped, or zebu, cattle in South Asia.

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Story: James A. Foley, Nature World News | Photo: Reuters

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