Alan Davidson's scientific contributions

Citations

... The earliest known depiction of a fat tail sheep is on an Uruk III stone vessel about 5000 years before present, approximately 4000 years after initial domestication [62]. Given that fat tailed breeds are now prevalent in the Fertile Crescent, where sheep were originally domesticated, while thin tailed sheep breeds are predominant in peripheral areas and that the wild ancestor of sheep is thin tail, it has been assumed that the first domesticated sheep were thin tailed and fat tail was developed later [62,63]. ...