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The history of domestication

D. R. Osterhoff
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 3, No 4 | a1092 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v3i4.1092 | © 1984 D. R. Osterhoff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 March 1984 | Published: 20 March 1984

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Abstract

During domestication animals are exposed to conditions which greatly changed their body proportions and performance - the reproduction of the animals is totally changed, the social structure of wild populations is upset and no natural selection whatsoever takes place. During domestication the animals diminish is size, the height at withers of bulls is reduced to 120 cm and that of cows to only 110 cm.

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