Since it is late and I am quite tired at the moment, a short news item will have to suffice. From the LA Times last week, a story about pigs--an animal dear to my heart (?) based on its unexpected role in my dissertation (almost a whole year old now..wowzer!). Apparently today’s swine in China are traced back 8,000 years to the same region, revealing clues about animal husbandry and human migration.
Today's pigs in China have a pedigree dating back at least 8,000 years to some of the first domesticated swine, scientists say. The finding provides a more detailed picture about the history of animal husbandry and shows that pigs may have been tamed in places archaeologists had never before guessed.
The study, published online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is part of an effort to chart the movement of domesticated pigs by comparing DNA samples from the animals across the globe. Tracking the swine could shed light on human migration over the last several millenniums, researchers said.
Photo from CuteOverload.com (one of the best websites ever) via National Geographic.
"Sea Pig" not related to the Chinese pigs, but hey, he was too cute to pass up!