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Earliest Domestication of Animals

Name the animals that were domesticated by humans the longest time ago.
Dates should be considered crude estimates
Quiz by skukka
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Last updated: April 3, 2019
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When
Domesticated Animal
13000 BCE
Dog
10000 BCE
Goat
9000 BCE
Pig
9000 - 8500 BCE
Sheep
8000 BCE
Cattle
8000 BCE
Zebu
8000 - 7500 BCE
Cat
6000 BCE
Chicken
When
Domesticated Animal
5000 BCE
Guinea pig
5000 BCE
Donkey
4000 BCE
Duck
4000 BCE
Water buffalo
4000 BCE
Honey bee
4000 BCE
Camel
3500 BCE
Horse
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Level 71
May 11, 2017
Fabulous.
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Level 67
Apr 4, 2019
Marvelous
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Level 86
May 21, 2020
Stupendous
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Level 79
Feb 23, 2021
Tremendous
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Level 65
Mar 12, 2021
Prosperous
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Level 21
May 10, 2022
epic
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Level 64
Sep 20, 2021
Rubbish
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Level 76
Apr 3, 2019
Fun! But how do you domesticate a bee? I have visions of a bee whisperer going bzzzzzzzz very quietly at them and a messy random group of them them forming a line and flying into a hive
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Level 90
Apr 3, 2019
I'd guess it refers to getting the bees to use man made hives and being able to harvest the honey.
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Level 59
Apr 3, 2019
The idea of leading an army of bees to on air form floating by gently buzzin' ''Whistle While You Work'' to their ears... Ha!
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Level 79
Feb 23, 2021
Luv that song!
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Level 73
May 5, 2019
Beedrills of course
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Level 90
Apr 3, 2019
What about domesticated rocks in the 1970's?
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Level 89
Apr 3, 2019
Stonehenge was much earlier.
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Level 66
Apr 3, 2019
Good quiz! I believe the Alpaca was domesticated around 4000 BCE though and should be on this list
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Level 79
Apr 3, 2019
The source used for the quiz says alpacas and llamas were a bit later, around 2400 BCE
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Level 82
May 6, 2019
I was surprised to see guinea pigs, but not llamas or alpacas.
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Level 71
Apr 4, 2019
I don't think that 'Honeybees' can be counted as 'Domesticated'........ used by stealing the honey yes but that's all. I called several Bees that were in my garden and not one came for a pat.
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Level 76
Apr 4, 2019
But did you try riding any?
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Level 63
Apr 9, 2019
This comment made my day.
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Level 66
May 5, 2019
This whole feed is just Crazy!Cas from Supernatural. Just, bees.
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Level 74
Apr 4, 2019
I'm pretty sure, snails where domesticated way before 3500 BCE, but couldn't find a good source. Maybe that will do.
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Level 82
Apr 4, 2019
Is a zebu not cattle?
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Level 74
Apr 8, 2019
Yep, zebu is cattle. Makes sense to separate water buffalo as bovids, but zebu and cattle could/should be amalgamated.
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Level 64
Apr 28, 2020
Agreed
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Level 76
Apr 4, 2019
What about silkworms? They've been domesticated for at least 5000 years, according to Wikipedia.
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Level 59
Apr 4, 2019
Yeah, ca. 3000 BCE. That still makes it 500 years later than the last animal on list.
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Level 63
Apr 4, 2019
Great quiz, what about oxen?
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Level 90
Apr 10, 2019
Oxen is a term used to describe cattle that have been trained as work animals. They are typically castrated males, but not always. It doesn't refer to any particular species.
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Level 92
Apr 5, 2019
Only one I missed was Zebu. . .
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Level 48
Apr 5, 2019
Domesticated ducks?
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Level 86
May 4, 2019
Huge in East Asia.
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Level 75
May 5, 2019
I know lots of people in my area of the US who raise ducks. We had several when our kids were at home - White Pekins and Khaki Campbells, mostly. Pekins are mean and would nip the kids on the backs of their legs, but my Khaki Campbells were sweet little things.
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Level 93
Apr 6, 2019
what about turkey or is that in europe?
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Level 82
Apr 10, 2019
Click on the source. It's worldwide, and turkey has been domesticated less than 2000 years ago.
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Level 86
May 4, 2019
Only a very small portion of Turkey is in Europe ;)
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Level 82
May 5, 2019
fun fact: American turkeys were so named because they resembled the African guinea fowl, which made their to Europe imported through the Ottoman Empire and were therefore known as turkey cocks or turkeyhens.
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Level 75
May 5, 2019
Not arguing with your source, but honestly, I don't see much resemblance between guineas and turkeys other than the obvious bird traits. I thought turkeycocks and turkeyhens were just male and female turkeys, and they are much larger than guineafowl and don't even sound alike. Maybe they looked different back in those days.
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Level 82
May 6, 2019
wild turkeys look very similar to guinea fowl to me. I'm not an ornithologist, and if I had to I'm sure I could spot the difference, but they're definitely similar-looking. The concept of biological species as we commonly understand it wasn't constructed until about 200 years after Europeans started to settle in the new world and first saw these birds.
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Level 87
Apr 7, 2019
I'd agree that zebu are a form of cattle, no?
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Level 86
May 4, 2019
Curious about the 1% who got "dog" and didn't try "cat."
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Level 84
May 5, 2019
Maybe because they think cats have domesticated us and not the other way around. We're trained to feed them, house them and clean up after them while they do whatever hell they want. Which other animal has its own personal door in and out of your house?
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Level 70
May 6, 2019
Agreed. I would (not completely seriously) argue that cats are not domesticated, just opportunistic.
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Level 45
May 5, 2019
Rabbits?
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Level 66
May 5, 2019
ZEBUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
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Level 63
May 5, 2019
Geese?
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Level 86
May 5, 2019
Another one that narrowly missed the cutoff, according to the source - 3000 BCE.
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Level 55
May 8, 2019
Everybody's got a water buffalo
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Level 82
May 9, 2019
I don't have any
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Level 58
Apr 18, 2020
well that's pretty lame
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Level 60
Oct 12, 2023
how embarrassing
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Level 93
Mar 10, 2023
Stop right this instant! What do you think you're doing? You can't say everybody's got a water buffalo when everybody does not have a water buffalo. We're going to get nasty letters saying, "Where's my water buffalo?" "Why don't I have a water buffalo?" And are you prepared to deal with that? I don't think so, just stop being so silly!
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Level 80
Jul 29, 2023
“Everybody’s got a baby kangaroo…”
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Level 60
May 10, 2019
to overtired : my dog has a personal door in and out of the house. my cats are not allowed inside and do not use the door.
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Level 79
Aug 2, 2023
then they're not your cats
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Level 43
Dec 31, 2019
i think BCE Stands for Before Common Era
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Level 84
Jan 11, 2020
I wish my parents had given me a water buffalo instead of a guinea pig when I was a kid.
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Level 60
Feb 21, 2024
You'd have been changing the litter tray more often
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Level 82
Feb 26, 2020
Are we sure alpacas, llamas, and elephants don't belong here?
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Level 30
Aug 9, 2020
No rabbit?
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Level 78
Dec 14, 2021
Rabbits were only domesticated rather recently, beginning in the 1st century BC, according to Wikipedia.
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Level 59
Sep 4, 2020
What on earth is a zebu?
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Level 79
Aug 2, 2023
He plays on the wing for Ireland
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Level 75
Nov 5, 2020
Please add "ass" as a synonym for donkey (Merriam Webster defines donkey as a synonym for ass; Wikipedia considers them as equivalents).

Consider adding "burro" as well, since the Spanish name is widely used by non-Spanish speakers.

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Level 78
Dec 28, 2020
Anyone else type in Zebu just because they felt like it and then couldn't believe it was on the list?
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Level 77
Feb 10, 2021
What about... humans?!? Did we domesticate ourselves? Dramatic eyebrow raise!
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Level 64
Sep 20, 2021
Domesticated bees?? Aye, right. I've got some in my flat just now. They're all house-trained
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Level 58
Jun 6, 2022
I wrote Bufallo a thousand times "how come its not in there?", I was supposed to write water bufallo...
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Level 79
Mar 18, 2024
The quiz actually accepts buffalo, the problem is your spelling ;)

(Also I for some reason tried Bison and Gnu but not Buffalo)

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Level 76
Jul 5, 2022
can you allow 'wolf' for dog? i would argue that the wolf was domesticated, producing a dog, rather than the dog being domesticated. (also all the names for the undomesticated versions of the animals on this list, although i can't think of any of the rest)
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Level 59
Dec 14, 2023
Pigeons were also domesticated, around 5000 BC according to their wikipedia page. Might be a good add!