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Ancient DNA Identifies Donkey Ancestors, People Who Domesticated Them
July 28, 2010
In a finding that says much about the people who lived in northern Africa 5,000 years ago, scientists believe domestication of the donkey was achieved by nomadic people responding to the growing borders of the Sahara. Scientists also determined the endangered African wild ass is the living ancestor of the modern donkey and found hints that one strain of African wild ass, thought to be extinct, may still be alive.
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