Scientists study European pig history
British-led scientists said early European domesticated pigs -- previously believed descended from wild boars -- actually came from the Middle East.
The researchers, led by archaeologists at Durham University, said the early pigs were introduced from the Middle East by Stone Age farmers.
The scientists analyzed mitochondrial DNA from ancient and modern pig
remains. The findings also suggest the migration of an expanding Middle
Eastern population -- which included domesticated plants, animals and
distinctive pottery styles -- actually"kickstarted" the local domestication
of the European wild boar.
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