• Question: How have Goats become domesticated over time?

    Asked by Rusty_Rockets to Kevin on 31 Jan 2019.
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      Kevin Daly answered on 31 Jan 2019:

      The present idea is that early farmers selected for traits that we now see in domestic goats: less timid, smaller horn size, more frequent twinning, great coat colouration. But there are other hypotheses: perhaps horns have gotten smaller as there was less selection in domestic goats than in the wild for big horns (as they weren’t used to decide who mates). Or changes in colouration are due to reduced predation – no need to hide from any hunter if your part of a big herd.