Sheep and other domesticated animals.

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Sheep and other domesticated animals.

#1 Post by G-CPTN » Sun May 16, 2021 3:43 pm

Before humans arrived in currently populated areas, there must have been animals - or were they all imported from elsewhere?

That there are breeds (of sheep) that are endemic to distinct areas (eg Herdwicks) were they already established and adopted by the settlers?

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#2 Post by Boac » Sun May 16, 2021 4:01 pm

God would not have put the New Zealanders or the Welsh in place without ensuring a supply. :))

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#3 Post by Pontius Navigator » Sun May 16, 2021 4:34 pm

I believe sheep transported overseas did not necessarily do it in the same ship. I think they were dropped off en route to feed with a previous shipment picked up for the next leg.

Ascension Island seemed to have two distinct varieties. One lot lived up the mountain with plenty of food adequate water and cooler conditions. The other lived on the plain, in the heat, and unshorn. You would see them standing on a hillock just catching the slightest breath of cooler air.

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#4 Post by ian16th » Sun May 16, 2021 5:10 pm

I have memories from somewhere, that the 1st creatures farmed by humans for food were snails!
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#5 Post by G-CPTN » Sun May 16, 2021 5:14 pm

I suppose they were easy to catch!

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#6 Post by Boac » Sun May 16, 2021 5:57 pm

Yes, but you had to be quick.

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