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FERTILE CRESCENT ANCESTORS: Genetic history of cattle reveals new aspects of breeding history

April 1, 2014

Historians and anthropologists used to believe that ancient Africans domesticated cattle native on the African continent nearly 10,000 years ago. Now, a team of University of Missouri researchers has completed the genetic history of 134 cattle breeds from around the world. They found that ancient domesticated African cattle originated in the “fertile crescent,” a region that covered modern day Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Israel.

Story By:  CAFNRnews

Lead researcher Jared Decker, an assistant professor of animal science in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, says the genetics of these African cattle breeds are similar to those of cattle first domesticated in the Middle East nearly 10,000 years ago, proving that those breeds were brought to Africa as farmers migrated south.  More…