African Origins of the Domestic Donkey

  title={African Origins of the Domestic Donkey},
  author={Albano Beja-Pereira and Phillip R. England and Nuno Ferrand and Steve Jordan and Amel Omer Bakhiet and Mohammed A. Abdalla and Marjan Mashkour and Jordi Jordana and Pierre Taberlet and Gordon Luikart},
  pages={1781 - 1781}
The history and origins of the donkey are particularly interesting because, together with the horse, the donkey ( Equus asinus ) has been used for the transportation of people, possessions, and produce in many cultures. This domestication marks a major cultural shift away from sedentary, agrarian 

Genetics, Evolution, and Physiology of Donkeys and Mules.

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Origins and Spread of African Pastoralism

The extensive grasslands of Africa with rainfall <500 mm (the tsetse boundary) offer limited opportunity for agriculture, so are optimal for pastoral activities. With the possible exception of

Domestication of the donkey: Timing, processes, and indicators

Morphological similarities to wild ass show that, despite their use as beasts of burden, donkeys were still undergoing considerable phenotypic change during the early Dynastic period in Egypt, consistent with recent studies of other domestic animals that suggest that the process of domestication is slower and less linear than previously thought.

Domestication of the Donkey (Equus asinus) in the Southern Levant: Archaeozoology, Iconography and Economy

This chapter discusses the timing of the first domestication of donkeys in the southern Levant with reference to the region’s archaeozoological record and examines their subsequent utilization in local exchange systems based on iconographic records found in archaeological sites.

Donkeys Are Different Faith Burden

This review highlights the origins of the donkey and how this impacts on its behavior, physiology, and propensity to disease.

Camels, Copper and Donkeys in the Early Iron Age of the Southern Levant: Timna Revisited

Abstract The camel and equid remains from a copper-smelting site — Site 30 at Timna in the southern Arabah excavated by Rothenberg in the 1970s and recently re-dated to the Iron I/Iron II — are

The Donkey Trade of the Indian Ocean World in the Long Nineteenth Century

The trade in donkeys boomed in the Indian Ocean World from the late eighteenth century to 1914, especially for purposes of transport. Although a little breeding stock entered the region from the

Domesticating Animals in Africa: Implications of Genetic and Archaeological Findings

This article argues against the static perspective on domestication as invention and for viewing it as a dynamic, locally based and continuing process.



Α Natural History of Domesticated Mammals

The geography of domestication, Climatic sequences and archaeological divisions of the Quaternary period, and nomenclature of the domestic mammals are summarized.

Equids: Zebras, Asses and Horses. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan edited by Patricia D. Moehlman (2002), ix + 190 pp., IUCN/SSC Equid Specialist Group, IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. ISBN 2 8317 0647 5 (pbk), unpriced.

Includes are summaries of the conservation status, biology and ecology of wild zebras, asses, and horses and recommendations for conservation action.

The Origins and Development of African Livestock

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Materials and methods are available as supporting material on Science Online