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Is Domestication Speciation? The Implications of a Messy Domestication Model in the Holocene

Department of Anthropology, Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Academic Editors: Valentina Caracuta, Roberto Papa and Ferran Antolin
Agronomy 2021, 11(4), 784; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11040784
Received: 11 March 2021 / Revised: 9 April 2021 / Accepted: 14 April 2021 / Published: 16 April 2021
Domestication is one of the fundamental process that has shaped our world in the last 12,000 years. Changes in the morphology, genetics, and behavior of plants and animals have redefined our interactions with our environments and ourselves. However, while great strides have been made towards understanding the mechanics, timing, and localities of domestication, a fundamental question remains at the heart of archaeological and scientific modelling of this process—how does domestication fit into a framework of evolution and natural selection? At the core of this is the ontological problem of what is a species? In this paper, the complicated concepts and constructs underlying ‘species’ and how this can be applied to the process of domestication are explored. The case studies of soybean and proto-indica rice are used to illustrate that our choice of ‘species’ definitions carries with it ramifications for our interpretations, and that care needs to be made when handling this challenging classificatory system. View Full-Text
Keywords: domestication; species; archaeology; proto-indica; rice; selection domestication; species; archaeology; proto-indica; rice; selection
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