According to Guns, Germs, and Steel, what are the 6 characteristics of domesticated animals ?Guns, Germs and steel

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According to Diamond, there are a number of qualities that an animal species must have if it is to be domesticated.  These include:

  • Diet.  It cannot be a carnivore because it takes too much to feed them.
  • Growth rate.  It has to grow quickly so you don't have to spend too much feeding it before you kill and eat it.
  • Breeding.  It has to be willing to breed in captivity.
  • Disposition.  Mean and aggressive animals can't be domesticated.
  • Tendency to panic.  If an animal is likely to panic and become uncontrollable, it will be too dangerous to domesticate it.
  • Social structure.  It is very helpful if the animal is a herd animal or one that is used to living in a hierarchical society.  That way, it will be more likely to obey humans.

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