Ancient DNA Shows Horses Paid A Price For Their Domestication

December 18, 2014 1:22 PM

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Ancient DNA Shows Horses Paid A Price For Their Domestication

Humans are believed to have domesticated the horse around 5,500 years ago. And the effects of domestication--including some deleterious ones--can be seen in the genomes of modern-day horses, according to a new study.

"We provide the most extensive list of gene candidates that have been favored by humans following the domestication of horses," study co-author Dr. Beth Shapiro, head of the Paleogenomics Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said in a written statement. "This list is fascinating as it in...

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