Re: Zebras and Unhappy Marriages: A serious discussion
I don't think any evolutionary change caused some animals to be more suitable for domestication than others. I think that some animals simply were more suitable because of their natural temperment, location, and because they were able to live and breed in captivity.
Over time, I think, the ancestors of the present day domesticated animals evolved into what they are today because of artificial selection. The people who raised these animals bread them so that they could create a species that was easier for them to raise. They still do that with dogs, breeding them for temperment.
So I don't really think it was the evolution of certain animals that made them originally more suitable for domestication. I think when humans advanced into civilizations ready to begin domesticating animals, they chose the animals that were nearby and were the easiest to tame at the time. Edited by: pegasus563 at: 3/16/06 2:01 pm