Modern taurine cattle descended from small number of near-eastern founders.

@article{Bollongino2012ModernTC,
  title={Modern taurine cattle descended from small number of near-eastern founders.},
  author={Ruth Bollongino and Joachim Burger and Adam Powell and Marjan Mashkour and J. D. Vigne and Mark G. Thomas},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2012},
  volume={29 9},
  pages={2101-4}
}
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 DNA (mtDNA) variation indicates early Holocene founding event(s), a lack of ancient DNA data from the region of origin, variation in mutation rate estimates, and limited application of appropriate inference methodologies have resulted in uncertainty on the number of animals first domesticated. A large… CONTINUE READING
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