Human ecology and the evolution of livestock

Hall, Stephen (1996) Human ecology and the evolution of livestock. Anthrozoos, 9 (2-3). pp. 81-84. ISSN 0892-7936

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Abstract

The number of livestock breeds native to a country is related to the size of the human population. This is presumably because in populous countries there are complex requirements for livestock to serve a wide range of functions. However, diversification of breeds within a country or regio is also related to ecological factors and to human geography. This relationship is discussed in the context of Africa. Breed diversity may be associated with human genetic diversity; this is illustrated by certain sheep breeds in northwest England. Studies of the factors giving rise to and maintaining livestock biodiversity are likely to cast light on the development of human cultures

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Additional Information:The number of livestock breeds native to a country is related to the size of the human population. This is presumably because in populous countries there are complex requirements for livestock to serve a wide range of functions. However, diversification of breeds within a country or regio is also related to ecological factors and to human geography. This relationship is discussed in the context of Africa. Breed diversity may be associated with human genetic diversity; this is illustrated by certain sheep breeds in northwest England. Studies of the factors giving rise to and maintaining livestock biodiversity are likely to cast light on the development of human cultures
Keywords:livestock, biodiversity, livestock biodiversity, human geography
Subjects:L Social studies > L700 Human and Social Geography
L Social studies > L727 Agricultural Geography
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D420 Livestock
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:5657
Deposited By: Stephen Hall
Deposited On:24 May 2012 08:09
Last Modified:02 Sep 2014 09:21

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