Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Runs, Squirms, and Squeals

I'm reviewing Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel at present. While I don't think his overall thesis works, it is a fascinating book, a cornucopia of interesting information. For instance, did you know that a single wild plant is the ancestor of our modern vegetables cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, brocoli, and cauliflower, all produced by human breeding of the original?

Or, did you know what the 14 animals of over 100 pounds that have been domesticated by humans are?
  • Sheep
  • Goat
  • Cow
  • Pig
  • Horse
  • Arabian camel
  • Bactrian camel
  • Llama and alpaca (thought to be one species)
  • Donkey
  • Reindeer
  • Water buffalo
  • Yak
  • Bali cattle
  • Mithan

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