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[–] Criticalmind 3 points Edited

HAH! I KNEW IT.

Pet subject of mine.

If you look at north Africa about 9k ago they were keeping wild antelope penned up, so this might be what's happening here.

Uan Afada site, IIRC.

Interesting science! I wonder though if they were actually tending & feeding the animals (husbandry) or just keeping them captured /fresh for slaughter

I do think that humans that kept the animal would be smart enough to try to care of them. In my opinion I feel like a lot of dates of when human first starting doing something is going to keep getting pushed back, or at at least challenged.

Hunter-gatherer groups living in southwest Asia may have started keeping and caring for animals nearly 13,000 years ago — roughly 2,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Ancient plant samples extracted from present-day Syria show hints of charred dung, indicating that people were burning animal droppings by the end of the Old Stone Age, researchers report September 14 in PLOS One. The findings suggest humans were using the dung as fuel and may have started animal tending during or even before the transition to agriculture. But what animals produced the dung and the exact nature of the animal-human relationship remain unclear.