African Origins of the Domestic Donkey

  title={African Origins of the Domestic Donkey},
  author={A. Beja-Pereira and P. England and N. Ferrand and S. Jordan and A. Bakhiet and M. A. Abdalla and M. Mashkour and J. Jordana and P. Taberlet and G. 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 
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