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Wild And Domestic Animals Interbred Until Quite Recently
2014-04-18 04:48:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous theories have posited that domesticated animals have been cut off from their wild counterparts, but a new study slated for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal has found that wild and domestic animals have interbred more than previously thought. "Our findings show little control of breeding, particularly of domestic females, and indicate long-term gene flow, or interbreeding, between...

Man’s New Best Friend Is A Rat
2012-12-28 10:45:05

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The dog has been caught unaware by a competitor for man´s affections. And sure, the dog has a strong foothold on its title of ℠Man´s Best Friend´. But this new species angling for the position of top dog and the surreptitious behavior it displays in doing so can only lead one to surmise that this animal is acting, well, like a rat. The reason one might perceive the rat´s march toward domesticity as...

2011-06-10 12:26:22

The origins of rice have been cast in a new light by research publishing in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics on June 9, 2011. By reconciling two theories, the authors show that the domestication of rice occurred at least twice independently but with extensive "borrowing" between the two subspecies. Indica and japonica are, respectively, the southern and northern varieties of rice and they are major staple crops in Asia. Whether they share a single origin of domestication or were...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
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