Earliest Domestication of Animals

Name the animals that were domesticated by humans the longest time ago.
Dates should be considered crude estimates
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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 69
May 11, 2017
Fabulous.
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Level 60
Apr 4, 2019
Marvelous
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Level 77
May 21, 2020
Stupendous
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Level 74
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 89
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 62
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 64
May 5, 2019
Beedrills of course
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Level 89
Apr 3, 2019
What about domesticated rocks in the 1970's?
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Level 81
Apr 3, 2019
Stonehenge was much earlier.
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Level 61
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 73
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 70
May 6, 2019
I was surprised to see guinea pigs, but not llamas or alpacas.
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Level 70
May 17, 2020
But then, I imagine guinea pigs were easier to domesticate than llamas.
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Level 70
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 71
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 59
May 5, 2019
This whole feed is just Crazy!Cas from Supernatural. Just, bees.
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Level 72
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 80
Apr 4, 2019
Is a zebu not cattle?
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Level 75
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 51
Apr 28, 2020
Agreed
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Level 71
Apr 4, 2019
What about silkworms? They've been domesticated for at least 5000 years, according to Wikipedia.
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Level 62
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 62
Apr 4, 2019
Great quiz, what about oxen?
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Level 78
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 63
Apr 5, 2019
Only one I missed was Zebu. . .
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Level 53
Apr 5, 2019
Domesticated ducks?
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Level 81
May 4, 2019
Huge in East Asia.
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Level 78
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 82
Apr 6, 2019
what about turkey or is that in europe?
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Level 77
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 81
May 4, 2019
Only a very small portion of Turkey is in Europe ;)
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Level 80
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 78
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 80
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 82
Apr 7, 2019
I'd agree that zebu are a form of cattle, no?
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Level 81
May 4, 2019
Curious about the 1% who got "dog" and didn't try "cat."
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Level 76
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 67
May 6, 2019
Agreed. I would (not completely seriously) argue that cats are not domesticated, just opportunistic.
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Level 46
May 5, 2019
Rabbits?
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Level 59
May 5, 2019
ZEBUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
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Level 61
May 5, 2019
Geese?
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Level 81
May 5, 2019
Another one that narrowly missed the cutoff, according to the source - 3000 BCE.
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Level 57
May 8, 2019
Everybody's got a water buffalo
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Level 80
May 9, 2019
I don't have any
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Level 60
Apr 18, 2020
well that's pretty lame
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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 33
Dec 31, 2019
i think BCE Stands for Before Common Era
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Level 78
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 72
Feb 26, 2020
Are we sure alpacas, llamas, and elephants don't belong here?
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Level 70
May 17, 2020
I thought maybe ferret, but turns out they only date back around 2,500 years.
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Level 19
Aug 9, 2020
No rabbit?
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Level 43
Sep 4, 2020
What on earth is a zebu?