Tracking domestication in the past: a biological and cultural matter
- Publication : 21 octobre 2019
The domestication of plants and animals marks a major transition in human history and a key element in the development of modern societies. On the other hand, domestication can be seen as the longest lasting experiment of artificial selection. Domestication studies are therefore at the cross-road between evolutionary biology and archaeology. I will present how modern and archaeological specimens can help understand the long, continuous and still ongoing history of domestic populations especially in pigs (Sus scrofa). I will demonstrate the benefits of integrative approaches combining phenotypic analyses using geometric morphometrics with other methodologies such as ancient DNA or isotopic analyses
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