Domestication of Homo sapiens / Diamond

Evolution, consequences and future of plant and animal domestication (click for original article)

Jared Diamond, Nature, August 2002

Figure 1: Comparisons of domesticated wild species (left of each pair) and their never-domesticated close relatives (right) reveal the subtle factors that can derail domestication.

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Roland Martin

Changes of form and behavior due to the process of domestication also apply to domestication of humans. I’m not “picking on” Roland Martin (photo at right); many prejudiced anthropologists would use a white European male as the example of a modern human) – The skull shape and facial proportions of Mr. Martin are the result of juvenalization/domestication – retention of infant development in an adult, common to modern humans. The traditional white European conceit that a high forehead predicts intelligence is not true. ‘Dome heads’ are a result of Paedogenesis.

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