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Animals and Pets
• http://www.nypost.com, By KEVIN F. SHERRY
They feed us, carry us and curl up in our laps. But when did the animals we have as pets and livestock stop being wild and start getting friendly?
With the latest breakthroughs in genetics, scientistsandanthropologists have been closing in on when humans began domesticating of dogs, cats, horses and cattle.
One of the surprises: Though there are vast differences in breeds today, each animal group came from a very small sample.
All cattle, for instance, trace their lineage to only 80 wild ox; an even fewer number of wolves are the eves of all dogs — from German Shepherds to teacup yorkies.
here, what genetic anthropologists know now — and what animals humans may be looking at next.