Animals have been domesticated for centuries, some species longer than others, for a variety of purposes. Scientists constantly research this fascinating field. Take this quiz and be fascinated by their findings.
Long, long ago, how did human beings make use of animals?
for clothing only
for food only
for protection only
In the process of domestication, an animal species evolves to become accustomed to:
living in homes as pets
living on farms as working animals
living among and interacting with people
What do animal abolitionists believe?
that animals should be abolished (killed)
that captive (domesticated) animals should be freed
that all animals should be domesticated
Which animals are likely to survive in the process of natural selection?
those with traits that help them survive and breed
those that are the biggest
those with survival genes
How does artificial selection determine a particular trait in an animal?
It doesn't. What artificial selection does do is artificially regenerate new species and clone genes.
An animal is selected and artificially inseminated with a certain trait.
It is determined artificially by means of human efforts to breed certain animals together.
What criteria would be necessary for animal domestication?
anything that is appropriate for that kind of animal; they can all be domesticated with patience and effort
certain traits, such as cloven hooves or powerful beaks
the right diet and a friendly disposition
Why do you never see domesticated pandas or zebras?
because they're too violent
because no one has ever tried
because they're few and far between
According to archeological research, civilizations that _____ wielded more power and were able to spread their culture.
freed their captive animals
domesticated their animals
lived without reliance on animals
Scientists believe that a domesticated species changes over time. What reason do they give for this?
The species forgets its natural instincts/patterns of behavior and must relearn them in unfamiliar environments.
The species no longer needs the same intelligence or sharp level of hearing/sight.
It remains a mystery.
What scientific evidence points to the gray wolf as the antecedent of the modern-day dog?
Popular theory suggests that wolves were tamable due to the fact that they:
lived in leader-guided packs, so humans took the place of the "highest ranking wolf"
were intelligent, hard-working creatures
had protective fur, thick skin and the ability to withstand cold temperatures
How were dogs treated in ancient Egypt?
with disdain and repulsion
as revered, sometimes pampered, pets
One theory about how cats became domesticated suggests a trade-off of sorts. What trade-off?
They would be devoted pets in exchange for their loss of freedom.
They would purr and mew adoringly in exchange for petting and pampering.
They would keep rodents at bay in exchange for food and shelter.
Why, according to scientific theory, did cats not take to domestication as well as dogs?
because they were taken into homes, far from the wild outdoors, and couldn't adapt
because they are independent creatures, without a social hierarchy
because they don't breed as easily in captivity
What traits traditionally made the goat a common livestock animal?
Its small size means it needs small housing facilities and little food.
It is agile, intelligent and obedient.
It's not a picky eater and it can provide meat, milk and clothing material.
In what way was the domestication of oxen at least as significant as the invention of the wheel?
Oxen had the ability to pull heavy loads on the wheels.
Oxen needed little maintenance and this was a breakthrough in animal domestication.
It definitely wasn't! The invention of the wheel was by far, the more significant.
What made camels suited to domestication as transportation animals in desert regions?
They could walk long distances at a good pace in hot weather.
They could carry heavy loads and do with little water.
They could gallop across sand dune surfaces without kicking up much sand.
How long ago were horses domesticated?
more than 1,000 years ago
more than 3,000 years ago
more than 5,000 years ago
Which came first: chicken/rooster domestication for entertainment purposes or for food purposes?
neither; both purposes were enjoyed simultaneously
In what country was the hamster first domesticated?