Goats were man's first livestock

Archaeobiologist argues that goats were humans' first livestock

source: Steve Connnor
Independent Feburary 19 2001 p12

Smithsonian Institute's Melinda Zeder is an archaeobiologist who has studied bone collections from museums from domestic and wild goats from Iraq and Iran. She has assessed whether the animals were wild goats that were hunted, or domestic goats that were slaughtered. She estimates that goats were domesticated 10,000 years ago, and were the first livestock animal that humans domesticated, with pigs, sheep and cattle domesticated later. Dogs, however, were domesticated before goats, but not for food, rather because dogs have hunting skills.