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Scientists have also found evidence for self - domestication in human skeletal remains. Based on what’s happened to animal domesticates The Darker Side of Domestication . So it’s thought that humans self - domesticated because aggressive individuals were gradually eliminated from society.
Self - domestication would occur in species that display anatomical and behavioural features which are typical of domestic animals in comparison to their wild types. Results showed that this overlap was only relevant between domesticated species and humans .
Human beings were not always the docile, amiable and house-trained animals we are today.
Perhaps our ancestors were wild and ferocious, and only over time and by selecting more cooperative traits among ourselves, grew better at living and working with other humans in mutually beneficial communities, allowing the development of civilisation.
This is called the self-domestication hypothesis, and it'sat least since Darwin's work on domestication . There are lots of clues that seem to point to this, but now a team of scientists claims to have the first experimental evidence for it.
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When humans started to tame dogs, cats, sheep, and cattle, they may have continued a tradition that started with a completely different animal: us. A new study—citing genetic evidence from a disorder that in some ways mirrors elements of domestication —suggests modern humans domesticated
Self - domestication is the process of adaptation of wild animals to life with humans , without direct human selective breeding of the animals.
It lies, they said, in a gene that controls facial development. But to understand why the connection was made, first we have to talk about domesticated animals.
We humans have domesticated quite a few animals, selectively breeding them so that they are easier to live and work with - dogs, cats, and cattle, for example. And if you peer closely, these animals don't just differ from their wild counterparts in temperament and affability - they also look different.
These changes include shorter muzzles, smaller teeth, curly tails, floppy ears and.
These physical changes are collectively known as "," and they've been tied to a in a cluster of cells called the during embryonic development.
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Human self - domestication posits that among the driving forces of human evolution, humans selected their A new type of evidence : the genomes of extinct human relatives. Self - domestication is proposed in "One reason that scientists claim that humans are self - domesticated is our behavior
The idea of human self - domestication dates back to the 19th century. It is the claim that anatomical and cognitive-behavioral hallmarks of modern humans , such as docility Earlier research by the team of Cedric Boeckx had found genetic similarities between humans and domesticated animals in genes.
These cells are responsible for, among other things, the development of the face. Since these changes are only seen in domesticated animals, it seems that the genes responsible for them could also be implicated in the personality changes that are involved in domestication.
Things get interesting when you perform the same comparison between human skulls and those of other hominids, such as Neanderthals. Similar differences are apparent. Our skulls are smaller, more juvenile-looking, with less prominent brow ridges.
In, a team of researchers proposed that there might be a similar genetic mechanism at play in the neural crest in human development. So this is where a team led by molecular biologist Giuseppi Testa of the European Institute of Oncology in Italy conducted their investigation.
In a series oflab tests, the researchers focused on a gene that plays a key role in a developmental disorder called . People with Williams-Beuren syndrome have more childlike faces, and tend to be friendly, garrulous and trusting, completely non-aggressive.
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Domesticates have provided humans with resources that they could more predictably and securely The study proposes that changes in morphology across time and how humans were interacting with The domestication of animals is the mutual relationship between animals with the humans who have
They are also lacking (among other genetic abnormalities) one copy of a gene called, where people without the syndrome have two.
So, the researchers conducted tests to see what would happen when BAZ1B is altered.
They cultured 11 lines of neural crest stem cells, four from people with Williams-Beuren syndrome; four from people with, with duplicated genes where they would be deleted in Williams-Beuren (and also opposite behaviours, such as selective mutism, social avoidance and physical aggression); and three from people with neither.
They then started tuning BAZ1B's activity up and down in each of these lines, and found that this had an effect on hundreds of genes associated with facial and cranial development. In particular, a slowed-down BAZ1B produced the facial features associated with Williams-Beuren syndrome.
This seems pretty consistent with a link between physical changes and friendly behaviour.
Next, they took a look at the genomes of our extinct relatives, Neanderthals and Denisovans, looking for differences in the genes regulated by BAZ1B between the species. And they found those genes in modern humans had a significant number of mutations not seen in the archaic hominids.
Cats Make Facial Expressions, But Not Everyone Can Read Them
Your furry friend can exhibit positive or negative emotions on their face, but it takes a special breed of human to be able to recognize them.This new evidence of a cat’s slightly malleable face comes from a study in the journal Animal Welfare. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, recruited 6329 participants to watch a series of 20 video clips featuring cats reacting to either a positive or negative event. A positive interaction was defined as a feline approaching a human for a treat or an owner-identified action the cat traditionally found pleasant, like climbing into a favorite spot.
Ken Ham’s Blog. Did Humans Domesticate Ourselves ? And if bullies supposedly died out as we “tamed” ourselves —why are there still so many bullies? If “those who got along, got ahead,” how do you explain the many brutal dictators (such as Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini) and others throughout history
When people set out to domesticate the first animals, we targeted animals that were easy to keep in Cats eat only fancy food, meat that we could eat ourselves . We also tended toward animals that had social hierarchies that we could dominate. There’s evidence that to prevent cat– human violence
"We take this to mean that BAZ1B genetic network is an important reason our face is so different when compared with our extinct relatives, the Neanderthals,"of the Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies in Spain.
"In the big picture, it provides for the first time experimental validation of the neural crest-based self-domestication hypothesis."
The result isn't conclusive proof that humans self-domesticated, and it doesn't show how much BAZ1B contributed, if it did at all. If there is a genetic underpinning to self-domestication, it's likely that more than one gene is involved. But it is a very strong hint that this is a good line of enquiry to pursue.
"This research constitutes one of the first studies that uses cutting-edge empirical technologies in a clinical setting to understand how humans have evolved since the split with Neanderthals,", "and establishes Williams Syndrome in particular as a unique atypical neurodevelopmental window onto the evolution of our species."
The research has been published in.
Indonesian cave art is earliest known record of 'story telling', researchers say .
Indonesian cave art is earliest known record of 'story telling', researchers sayThe painting, found in a limestone cave in 2017, was dated to nearly 44,000 years ago using uranium-series analysis, they said in the study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.