Tuesday, May 23, 2017
This week has been totally focused on the research portion of our Genius Hour. I’ve been looking up the dates of domestication of the majority of the mammals. The power point I’m making will be in chronological order and have facts about the method of domestication and where it happened in the ancient or modern world. It seems so far the the majority of the animals were domesticated in the Middle East or in Southeast Asia. There were a few that were domesticated in South America such as the llama and alpaca. The first animal to be domesticated was the dog about 20,000 years ago in Eastern Europe. Humans didn’t have to actively attempt to domesticate the gray wolves that became modern dogs because in the cold climate humans and wolves were traveling with one another after the packs of animals moving across the snow. Later in the week I began to look at cats which were first domesticated in the Middle East specifically Egypt. The cats lived near humans because of the amount of mice that the grain storage and other foods attracted to the cities. Next week I’ll focus on the larger animals such as cows and then move to the more recent animals.