domesticate

When I hear the word domesticate I usually think of dogs. In the past wolves and other canines were tamed by humans to help in hunting and other endeavors. I learned though, this term doesn’t only apply to animals; there have also been plants, such as wheat and rice, that have been domesticated. Basically, anything in nature that has been bred in captivity to be more beneficial to humans is considered to have been domesticated. Most domesticated plants and animals are in some ways different from what you’d find in the wild. It’s easy to see with dogs, but another example is sheep. When we think of sheep we think of wool, but I’ve learned that wild sheep are actually hairy.

citations: http://www.accessscience.com/abstract.aspx?id=800360&referURL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.accessscience.com%2fcontent.aspx%3fid%3d800360

photo:http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/history/lecture03/r_3-2.html

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