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First occurrence of the house mouse (Mus musculus domesticus Schwarz & Schwarz, 1943) in the Western Mediterranean: a zooarchaeological revision of subfossil occurrences
This paper provides a critical analysis of archaeological small mammal collections in the Mediterranean area, from the Late Glacial to the first centuries AD, to validate the presence/absence of theExpand
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The goat domestication process inferred from large-scale mitochondrial DNA analysis of wild and domestic individuals
The emergence of farming during the Neolithic transition, including the domestication of livestock, was a critical point in the evolution of human kind. The goat (Capra hircus) was one of the firstExpand
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Mitochondrial DNA analysis shows a Near Eastern Neolithic origin for domestic cattle and no indication of domestication of European aurochs
The extinct aurochs (Bos primigenius primigenius) was a large type of cattle that ranged over almost the whole Eurasian continent. The aurochs is the wild progenitor of modern cattle, but it isExpand
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Divergent mtDNA lineages of goats in an Early Neolithic site, far from the initial domestication areas
Goats were among the first farm animals domesticated, ≈10,500 years ago, contributing to the rise of the “Neolithic revolution.” Previous genetic studies have revealed that contemporary domesticExpand
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Microsatellite diversity suggests different histories for Mediterranean and Northern European cattle populations
Based on archaeological evidence, the spread of agropastoralism across Europe followed two main paths: the Danubian route, along which Neolithic farmers expanded north across the central EuropeanExpand
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Molecular Systematics of the Subfamily Caprinae (Artiodactyla, Bovidae) as Determined from Cytochrome b Sequences
We have sequenced the complete mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b gene from 18 species of the subfamily Caprinae and two outgroup taxa. Additional sequences retrieved from the literature were used toExpand
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First wave of cultivators spread to Cyprus at least 10,600 y ago
Early Neolithic sedentary villagers started cultivating wild cereals in the Near East 11,500 y ago [Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA)]. Recent discoveries indicated that Cyprus was frequented by LateExpand
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Zooarchaeology and the biogeographical history of the mammals of Corsica and Sardinia since the last ice age
This paper presents the main results of a 10-year zooarchaeological study on the origin of the present-day terrestrial mammals of Corsica. Thousands of teeth and bones from Corsican archaeologicalExpand
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Modern taurine cattle descended from small number of near-eastern founders.
Archaeozoological and genetic data indicate that taurine cattle were first domesticated from local wild ox (aurochs) in the Near East some 10,500 years ago. However, while modern mitochondrial DNAExpand
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Last hunter-gatherers and first farmers of Europe.
The Neolithisation of Europe has seen the transformation of hunting-gathering societies into farming communities. At least partly exogenous in its origins, this process led to major transformationsExpand
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