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Early dispersal of neolithic domesticated sheep into the heart of central Asia – EurekAlert

The finds push back the presence of domesticated animals in the region by some 3,000 years.

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IMAGE: An artist’s rendering of a Neolithic pastoralist at Obishir rockshelter
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Credit: Ettore Mazza
Along the Tian Shan and Alay mountain ranges of Central Asia, sheep and other domestic livestock form the core economy of contemporary life. Although it was here that the movements of their ancient predecessors helped to shape the great trade networks of the Silk Road, domestic animals were thought to have come relatively late to the region. A new study, published today in the journal…

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