Topic ID #17250 - posted 3/27/2012 8:15 AM

Origin of Modern Cows Traced to Single Herd



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Origin of Modern Cows Traced to Single Herd

    By Wired UK
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    March 27, 2012 |
    10:39 am |
    Categories: Animals, Genetics

By Duncan Geere, Wired UK

A genetic study of cattle has claimed that all modern domesticated bovines are descended from a single herd of wild ox, which lived 10,500 years ago.

A team of geneticists from the National Museum of Natural History in France, the University of Mainz in Germany, and UCL in the UK excavated the bones of domestic cattle on archaeological sites in Iran, and then compared those to modern cows. They looked at how differences in DNA sequences could have arisen under different population history scenarios, modelled in computer simulations.

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http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/03/cattle-ox-origins/





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