Darwin Today @ NMNH
Meet Dr. Melinda Zeder
Melinda Zeder, PhD, is director of the archeobiology program. Among her interests is the way humans have interacted with animals in the Middle East since animals were first domesticated about 10,000 years ago.
These discoveries made me think of domestication as a mutual evolutionary relationship between humans and plant or animal species with benefits for both partners.
My research has shown that changes in the size and shape of an animal may not happen for 1,000 years or more after it is domesticated. Human control of the animal, genetic change, and changes in body form are separate steps in the domestication process.
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