Evidence for two independent domestications of cattle.

@article{Loftus1994EvidenceFT,
  title={Evidence for two independent domestications of cattle.},
  author={Ronan T. Loftus and David E. MacHugh and Daniel G. Bradley and Paul M. Sharp and Patrick Cunningham},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1994},
  volume={91 7},
  pages={
          2757-61
        }
}
  • R. Loftus, D. MacHugh, +2 authors P. Cunningham
  • Published 29 March 1994
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
The origin and taxonomic status of domesticated cattle are controversial. Zebu and taurine breeds are differentiated primarily by the presence or absence of a hump and have been recognized as separate species (Bos indicus and Bos taurus). However, the most widely held view is that both types of cattle derive from a single domestication event 8000-10,000 years ago. We have examined mtDNA sequences from representatives of six European (taurine) breeds, three Indian (zebu) breeds, and four African… 
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