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Indus Valley Bulls Sired West Asia Stock [Excerpts]

Source: – Deccan Herald.

Bronze Age people transported bulls from the Indus Valley region to breed cattle across west Asia and east Africa, starting about 4000 years ago to combat increasing aridity, scientists reported on Thursday.

The south Asian bulls were preferred because of their greater adaptability to arid and semi-arid conditions, triggered by a massive drought spanning over few centuries.
The diaspora, created by the humped Zebu cattle from the Indus Valley, thrives even now with several varieties of cattle around the world carrying the south Asian gene. Cattle were first domesticated around 10,500 years ago from the extinct Eurasian auroch (Bos primigenius) – the ancestor of modern domestic cattle – in northern Mesopotamia (present day Iraq).

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