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Questions tagged [domestication]

For questions about the changes to a species of fauna or flora over multiple generations by intelligent beings, often for the purposes of harnessing the abilities of the species in question, usually through a process of directed breeding. Compare [evolution].

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Best mythical creature to use as livestock? [closed]

Imagine a world where all the magical and fantastical creatures that exist in mythology or folklore actually exist. Everything from dragons, griffins, goblins, harpies, trolls, etc. - they can taken ...
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How could our ancestors have domesticated a solitary predator?

It is a well known fact throughout human history that cats are bloodthirsty psychopaths, and a menace to society. Cats murder billions of innocent rodents a year, cause ecological disasters, and give ...
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Alternative to horses in a dry climate

I'm looking for an alternative for horses. Why not horses? the short answer is the gods didn't want to create them. The gods in my universe like to annoy humanity. Horses only seem to really benefit ...
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Could domesticated mammoths sustain a group of nomads

In a fantasy world I have planned, I wanted one of the nomadic groups to live on a frozen steppe. They would primarily subsist by herding and domesticating mammoths. Would mammoths be comparable to, ...
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What animals would a sedentary centaur civilization domesticate?

The first in a series of questions on building a realistic sedentary centaur culture. From what I have encountered, centaur civilizations are usually modeled on (semi)nomadic cultures from the ...
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Hippotragine Antelopes: A Suitable Alternative For Actual Horses?

The hippotragines are a small subfamily of antelopes that bear physical resemblance to horses. There are three separate genera--Hippotragus, Oryx and Addax. As grazers, rather than browsers, the "...
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Could Argentavis be Ridden?

In my book series, there is a planet called Aurea that is home to all sorts of strange fauna. Not only does it have animals from the real world, but it also has prehistoric and mythical creatures as ...
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How to Train Your Mimic (or, why would a Mimic be capable of domestication)

I'm making a world where I want domesticated Mimics to be a thing. These Mimics are pretty similar to the original concept of D&D Mimics: shapeshifters that imitate objects, and hunt by imitating ...
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How can sharks be domesticated to become man's best friend?

I have had an ingenious idea of combining the two most dangerous creatures the world has ever seen by using my massive and titanic intellect. Mankind, the deadliest land mammal, and sharks, the most ...
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What Sea Creatures Would Make Good Undersea Cavalry?

In my book series, there is an underwater civilization called the Lobster Empire (basically underwater Rome inhabited by Crab and Lobster people). Stuff to know about the Lobster Empire: Roman-esque ...
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Ice Age Cavalry

The history of horse domestication, according to recent research, starts somewhere on the plains of eastern Europe 6,000 years ago. Since then, cavalry had become a major turning point in Old World ...
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How Effective Would War Mammoths be in Combat in a Medieval Civilization?

In my book series, there is a planet called Ryu 108 that has domesticated mammoths. Here are some things to consider: Due to the fact that space travel is done via magic instead of via technology, ...
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What would mammoth meat and milk taste like? [closed]

In my book series, there is this planet called Ryu 108. This is a very cold planet, with a southern continent resembling Norway and a northern continent resembling Iceland. The civilization inhabiting ...
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What insect-derived products were used by ancient and medieval human society? [closed]

Other than honey from bees and silk from silkworms, were there other instances where insects were "domesticated" and put to use? Or even if insects and their derivatives were collected from the wild ...
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Could Ice Age vikings practice large-scale domestication?

So in this book series I'm writing (link here if you want to know more about that), there is this planet called Ryu 108. The planet is made up of two continents. The southern continent is heavily ...
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Marine Animals best suited for domestication?

What marine or brackish water animals would be best for domestication attempts by a semi-aquatic civilization? Bonus Points for those that get me pet/domesticated sharks!
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What dinosaurs could be domesticated?

I have heard that in order to be domesticatable, the animal has to satisfy the 4 F's: Friendly Fecund Feedable Family-oriented Okay so let's narrow this down. All dinosaurs would fall under Fecund ...
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How large can a terrestrial, territorial pack carnivore get before we can no longer domesticate it?

Let us assume that we are settlers on some alien land and we run into a terrestrial, territorial pack carnivore among the local fauna. This animal has many of the traits needed for domestication: It ...
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What would happen if people started breeding seals for companionship, like dogs? [closed]

I have edited the question, and it is no longer too broad. My one and only question is the one shown in bold below. If you agree that it is not too beoad in this state, a vote to reopen would be much ...
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Entelodont domestication

Description So fellas have you ever head of pig from hell, well if you haven't its called the Entelodont and it is an extinct pig like omnivorous mammal that resembles a giant boar. It is thought to ...
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Farm-Raised Venison Before the Common Era [closed]

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 ...
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Could Servals be trained to hunt

The Serval is a fairly muscular, dog sized African wild cat. While doing research on them for other worldbuilding purposes, I began to think that these animals could make great hunting pets, if they ...
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Could you breed a hominid to have an identifying crest?

This question is related to the world from my prior questions, in which several types of intelligent hominids evolved in isolation, until they were rediscovered, conquered, and bred into a biological ...
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How fast could a hominid evolve to run?

This is question is related to the medieval world from my earlier question in which several types of intelligent hominids evolved in isolation, until they were rediscovered, conquered, and bred into a ...
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What qualities could a hominid evolve to make it a better farmer?

BACKGROUND I'm working on a medieval world in which homo sapiens domesticated several other species of intelligent hominids during their prehistory, at first enslaving them to take advantage of ...
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Native Americans + inverted Manifest Destiny [closed]

I was reading a graphic novel Black Science where the characters come upon a parallel universe where advanced Native American Tribes invaded Europe. An inverse manifest destiny, if you will. Suppose:...
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How to make a saddle for a feline mount

Sort-of sequel to this question. In that question, I asked about the feisability of domesticating a jaguar with the end goal of making a ridable mount. One good point that was mentioned was that a ...
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Could circa-1600 humans have domesticated or tamed kangaroos?

The article Why Can't All Animals Be Domesticated? on Live Science sets out a list of criteria that a species needs to meet in order to be successfully domesticated by humans. In short, that list ...
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Could a Jungle Dwarf tame a Jaguar?

When I posted this question about mountain dwarves, I got a comment about breaking dwarf stereotypes by having Jungle Dwarves with a cavalry of Jaguars. I said if I thought of something, I'd ask a ...
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How does a society domesticate the hippo?

Hippo's are one of natures most efficient food > weight animals, making them perfect for food. Additionally they are arguably the most dangerous land mammal, meaning they are hard to domesticate, very ...
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How do I use late Victorian mad-science to tame lost world megafauna?

The Scenario: My late Victorian Era mad scientist wants to domesticate the dinosaurs and mammalian megafauna of his "Lost World" island getaway, for use as companions, guardians, draft animals, and ...
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Can man live on ostrich eggs alone?

I am building a world inspired by Gondwana, the great southern mega-continent, filled with plants and creatures that live in or evolved first on the southern Continents of Earth. On this world, there ...
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What giant insects would fill the role of our domesticated cattle?

All our mammalian friends are replaced by domesticated giant insects! Man's best friend are now dog-sized hissing cockroaches, fireflies are lightening our houses and harvestmen are used for transport....
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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 ...
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If Our Horses Came From the OTHER Subspecies

It has become common knowledge among mammalologists that the origins of our most iconic rides, the horse, stemmed from the tarpan, a breed of wild horse that became extinct as recently as 1909 CE. ...
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What American animals would have been domesticated had they not gone extinct?

Here are some lists of North American and South American megafauna that went extinct during the Quaternary. In Eurasia, many species of large mammal were domesticated, most particularly the 'big 4' ...
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Can the Buffalo Roam in Ranches? [closed]

Despite the title parodying a line in "Home on the Range", this question focuses on the "buffalo" who is actually under the genus Bison. In OTL, the 800 breeds of cattle totaling up to 1,400,000,000 ...
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How useful would small, domesticated, omnivorous bears be?

I have a native tribe in pre-Columbus America that has successfully domesticated small, omnivorous bears. They are similar in size to Sun Bears [120–150 cm (47–59 in) / 27–80 kg (60–176 lb)]. I want ...
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Can swine be used as beasts of burden?

In my story, a group of people were stranded on an uninhabited 600 km2 sized island. They were forced to glide there due to fuel starvation of the airplane. Its only "domesticated" animal are feral ...
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Could the Aztecs have domesticated the Collared Peccary

The Collared Peccary is not the name of the greatest man stripper under the sun, but is a species of mammal in the family Tayassuidae found in North, Central, and South America. They are commonly ...
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Barking Up a Different Kind of Tree [closed]

(For this question, we are focusing on Old World canines, so Canis latrans, the coyote and the genus Chyrsocyon are excluded.) Man's Best Friend has a polarly ironic ancestor--Canis lupus, the Grey ...
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Domesticated Whales?

On my planet, the only animals are plankton, krill, shrimp, etc., but no fish or land animals. The colonists on this planet have brought equipment and embryos from the home world, but the only freezer ...
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Would Elephant Bird Light Cavalry be feasible?

There once existed a bird of massive size, aptly named the Elephant bird. Over the course of history humanity rode several kinds of animals to war: horses being by a wide margin the most common. ...
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Feasibility of domesticating herds of carnivores

In the real world we live in, people mostly domesticated herbivores like cattle. Some of the reasons for this are: They are efficient in terms of cost and profit. A cow simply takes in grass which is ...
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What made silphium difficult to domesticate?

I am trying my hand at a matriarchal society (human beings, technology similar to Earth's 13th - 16th century), and I find that for that to work they will need reasonably efficient contraceptives (and ...
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Could mankind have domesticated the zebra as a riding animal?

There are various arguments on the web stating that the domestication of zebras is impossible, because zebras are bad tempered and skittish, and/or animals elsewhere are even-tempered and friendly. ...
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The Domesticated Elephant

Domestication of otherwise wild animals go way back. Cats have been our best weapons against rodents for 10,000 years. We had been breeding sheep and goats for their milk and mutton for almost as ...
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What animals lend themselves to being ridden by Quadrupeds?

In my world, A hurricane has washed a group of 8,000 pachyderms off of Afro-Eurasia and onto a large island cluster. Due to the island rule, dwarfism ensues, and the population is made of of a group ...
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Would a bear cavalry be feasible?

Over the course of history humanity rode several kinds of animals to war: horses, camels and elephants being the most common. However, bears are not amongst them. So I was wondering, if they could be ...
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What organisms ranging from 0.2 - 4 mm lend themselves to domestication? (Series)

As a continuation of my two previous questions about domestication* What animals that can be found in gardens and range from 0.2 mm - 4 mm could be a possible candidate for domestication to a race of ...