domestication

  1. Light Jammings

    Arctic Package

    Now now, I know that this may be a tad bit absurd, but could there be any plants/ animals that could be domesticated in the Canadian arctic. Sweetvetch, Muskox and Reindeer come into mind. So, are there any more?
  2. SunKing105

    DBWI/DBAHC: Advanced civilization in Mesoamerica

    The peoples of Mesocabralia(OOC:Mesoamerica), in contrast to those in the Kechay Mountains(OOC:Andes), and the Mezhapa(OOC:Mississipi) river valley, didn't develop an advanced, state-level society, though the discovery of the Dos Cabezas site near the Ishwacan Lake(OOC: Lake Texcoco) puts that...
  3. DBWI: No domesticated quagga

    What if the quagga had never been domesticated?
  4. PC: Bighorn sheep domestication

    How plausible would a domestication of bighorn sheep be?
  5. PC: Hyena domestication

    How plausible would it be for hyenas to be domesticated?
  6. WI: Bactrian and Dromedary camels introduced to Europe during the Roman Empire?

    What if Bactrian and Dromedary camels were introduced to Europe during the Roman Empire? Would their purpose be as pack animals for trade, livestock, military animals? What obstacles are there to Bactrians and Dromedaries in Europe? Southern Europe should be warm enough for dromedaries, and...
  7. How early could hamsters be domesticated?

    Believe it or not, hamsters were only domesticated in 1939. Could they have been domesticated earlier?
  8. GauchoBadger

    How would Eurasian civilizations develop with no domestication of the horse?

    So, assume that the Equus Ferus species is never domesticated by humanity at the beginning of the Bronze Age, either because of genetic mutations or because of extinction due to overhunting. The Botai culture does not develop. ITTL, there are no chariots to be used in combat, no knights, no...
  9. AHC: Truly domesticated elephants

    The Asian elephant is often called "the world's largest domesticated animal", but they're not actually domesticated. To quote World Animal Protection: So here's your challenge: have there be truly domesticated elephants in the world.
  10. DBAHC/WI: Humans don't domesticate the Ostrich

    The domestication of the ostrich, first by the bantu of the Nile River Basin and later among |kung tribes in the Kigala region [OTL Botswana] is generally regarded as a turning point for humans, with its eggs, flesh, and flexible diet allowing for a high-yield domesticate that allowed the...
  11. Tempered Zen

    Domesticated Moose: Is It Possible?

    So in the process of researching for my North American Native Timeline (working title), a subject that has always intrigued me is the possibility of alternate domesticated animals. Usually when I find an animal that has potential, it's more or less easy to determine if it could have been...
  12. No dromedary domestication

    As title says-dromedary camel is never domesticated and wild form, like IOTL, is excint. Bactrian is the living camel species now. What would be consequences? That should have significant impact on history of Middle East and North Africa. Camel caravans played important role in trans-Saharan and...
  13. Aloha

    AHC: Domesticated African Buffalo

    The Asian water buffalo (or simply water buffalo) (Bubalus bubalis) is a large domesticated bovid of Asian origin, with its ancestor possibly being the wild water buffalo (Bubalus arnee). The yak has also been domesticated. The American bison (Bison bison) and muskox (Ovibos moschatus) have...
  14. Farm-Raised Venison and Bison Before the Common Era

    According to The Modern Farmer, people have been farming deer since the 1970s. The link provided also explains the benefits deer farming has over conventional livestock farming. The one fundamental problem I have with this is that they're still farming wild deer. Which means that they are not...
  15. Zachariah

    AHC/WI: Tiwi Empire

    So lets say that, ITTL, the Tiwi people begin practicing agriculture around 2,000-3,000 years ago (either developing it independently, or through contact with SE Asia) and begin to cultivate all of the crops native to the Tiwi Islands which they already gathered to eat (and still do) IOTL. These...
  16. The Camelry Has Arrived

    This is a series of maps of Old World empires: And now look at the pre-Columbian New World empires: We're not 100% sure why Old World empires were so huge and New World empires so small, but a good guess is that the Old World took advantage of a mammal called Equus ferus--the horse...
  17. Dargonaut

    Plausibility Check: Domesticated Marine animals

    Is it possible for any civilization to domesticate a marine species for their benefit. The US Navy has multiple uses for Dolphins and Seals, mainly for marine warfare. How would such a civilization make use of these new species and what kind of impact could it have. This may belong in ASB but...
  18. New Breeds and Additional Domesticates

    Was recently watching Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, and a strange thought came to me while watching the section on domesticated animals. For most of their history, many cultures just didn't have any animals coexisting with them that could be domesticated, while other areas only had...
  19. What Animals Could Have Benefitted Mesoamerican Civilizations?

    Okay everyone, here is something that could be of interest. No, this is not what-if certain animals that went extinct survived to our time because this is not allowed and too much to speculate. Instead, what animals from Europe and or Africa could've thrived in Mesoamerica (i.e. Mexico and...
  20. Alternative Domesticated Species

    I'm just really curious on what animal species could have been domesticated, but weren't. Some of these can include the extinct (moa, thylacine, diprotodons, etc) and living animals (elephants, tapirs, etc). I don't know how many species of animals could be domesticatable or could have been...
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