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Unexplained Mysteries :: Humans are reason for varied animal coats

Humans are reason for varied animal coats
Posted on Thursday, 22 January, 2009 | 5:27 | Comments: 0

Humans have actively changed the coats of domestic animals by cherry-picking rare genetic mutations, causing variations such as different colours, bands and spots, according to a new study.

The study on wild and domestic pigs by Uppsala and Durham Universities, published today in the open access journal PLoS Genetics, reveals that the genetic changes happened over thousands of years.

The study also explains for the first time why there is a stark contrast between the coat colours of wild and domestic animals and gives further insight into the process of evolution, particularly since animals were first domesticated about 10,000 years ago.

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Written by mrcauser

January 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm

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