The keeping of livestock began in the Ancient Near East and underpinned the emergence of complex economies and then cities. Subsequently, it is there that the world’s first empires rose and fell. Now, ancient DNA has revealed how the prehistory of the region’s largest domestic animal, the cow, chimes with these events.
A zebu-shaped weight from Tel Beth-Shemesh [Credit: A. Hay, Tel Beth-Shemesh Excavations]An international team of…
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