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Would a bear cavalry be feasible?

Not really. Traditionally when an army ran low on supplies, the men would start eating the mounts. When an army with bears starts to run low on supplies, the mounts would start eating the men. This ...
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Would a bear cavalry be feasible?

Yes, but you have to flesh out your fictional world around it. Lets assume your world has bear cavalry. That is a - fictional - fact (sic). Lets also assume that this has been so for some centuries. ...
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Would a bear cavalry be feasible?

The key reason why this is not feasible, is down to endurance - Horses, Elephants and Camelids are native to areas with large plains, and migrations - they are effectively built to last for travel ...
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Could moose/elk survive in the Amazon forest?

Actual brazillian here. The reason why you won't find any mountable animals in the amazon rain forest is because it's kinda like a more green, lush version of Australia, in the aspect that half of ...
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How does a society domesticate the hippo?

You are in luck. An experiment to better understand the domestication process was conducted on the Russian Red Fox. The project lead explained: Belyayev believed that the key factor selected for ...
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Would a bear cavalry be feasible?

As the OP talked about domesticated animals I think bear cavalry is feasible overall. I think domesticating bears should work out quite fine: bears belong to the same suborder as wolves/dogs, which ...
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How can sharks be domesticated to become man's best friend?

There a number of criteria necessary for an animal to be domesticated. 1. Varied diet This one's okay. Bonnethead sharks are omnivores, and other carnivorous ones such as tiger sharks are highly ...
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My cows lactate oil instead of milk, how do I stop them from igniting?

Cow oil has a high flash point. Ever tried burning vegetable oil? It burns steadily in a lamp with the right kind of wick, but put a match to a cup of oil and nothing happens. The oil is not ...
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What giant insects would fill the role of our domesticated cattle?

Giant Ant Cows to replace Human Cows The aphid (otherwise known as Ant Cow) is a small insect that feeds on plant sap and secretes a sweet nectar (called honeydew). Certain species are actually ...
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Could moose/elk survive in the Amazon forest?

No, but plenty of their relatives can A moose or elk would die in the high heat and with limited resistance to insects and such. They simply aren't designed for the rainforest. However, there are ...
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Can I Domesticate [X]

I believe my answer to "How does a society domesticate the hippo?" meets your expectations, so I'll duplicate it here. You are in luck. An experiment to better understand the domestication ...
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What animals would herbivorous humans most likely domesticate?

Cats In fact, there is a considerable amount of evidence that cats sort of domesticated themselves. Wild cats saw that if they hung around humans, who piled up grain, there would be good pickings for ...
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Could mankind have domesticated the zebra as a riding animal?

You quote Diamond, in a video. But he did discuss your further question in a book ("Guns, Germs and Steel"), I don't know if you saw it or what the video covers. In the book, he examines the natural ...
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Why did Europeans not widely domesticate foxes?

In the cat vs. fox issue, cleanliness may be key. In the recent Russian fox domestication experiment, it seems that a big drawback of adopting the domesticated foxes is they cannot be housebroken (...
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How could our ancestors have domesticated a solitary predator?

It's a bit of a side-step of the question, but there's no reason we need to domesticate solitary cats if all our dogs and wolves are dead. There are plenty of social cats who could be bent to our will....
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Would a bear cavalry be feasible?

I'll give the serious answer, because apparently nobody else wrote it. Bear cavalry is a no-go for about the same reason that we do not raise bears for meat. After all, a bear can be fed with just ...
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Would merfolk gain any real advantage from mounts (and beasts of burden)?

Yes, they would. I can affirm this because mounts follow the general yet extremely potent principle of specialization : A specialized entity -person, machine or animal- will always perform better than ...
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What animals would herbivorous humans most likely domesticate?

So this solution is very specific. So it may not cover many niche points as I am going assume your herbivorous don't domesticate animals to eat them or their byproducts. This of course cancels out a ...
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Would a bear cavalry be feasible?

A lot of people have mentioned that endurance is a problem in bears, but the truth is that what evidence there is suggests otherwise. I won't be answering the question completely here, but I will ...
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My cows lactate oil instead of milk, how do I stop them from igniting?

The Oil Must Be Refined Olive oil, coconut oil, and whale oil are all flammable. But you cannot simply put a flame to an olive, a coconut or a whale, and expect it to burn. Okay maybe you can set a ...
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What qualities could a hominid evolve to make it a better farmer?

Farmer traits: Fecundity. If you are a farmer you are more likely to have food than if you are a hunter/gatherer. If you have food it is less likely the kids will starve. If you have lots of kids ...
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Why did Europeans not widely domesticate foxes?

Dogs are descended from wolves. The first domesticated dogs were likely wolves. There are several reasons it would make more sense to domesticate wolves than foxes. Wolves generally hunt in packs, ...
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Could moose/elk survive in the Amazon forest?

In my story, there is a civilization living in the Amazon rainforest. They need some time of mount that is adapted to the forest. There are Buffalos in the Amazon (in the Brazilian state of ParĂ¡) and ...
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Which dinosaurs could be domesticated?

Bird are part of the dinosaur clade, and hence are dinosaurs themselves... and chickens are a good candidate for a domesticated dinosaurs because it is well, domesticated. Chickens are friendly, ...
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Would Elephant Bird Light Cavalry be feasible?

I think yes...but a few considerations. I'd almost refer to an old answer about using buffalo as heavy cavalry, I'll link that after the post. First to consider is the relationship with man that ...
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Which dinosaurs could be domesticated?

There is no way to answer this. Domesticability is primarily based on criteria that do not leave fossil evidence. Three of the biggest factors are complete unknowns. The animal needs to engage in ...
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Would it be realistic for a species to be able to domesticate a predatory animal larger than it?

Wolves and ravens. http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2011/12/wolves-and-ravens-curious-relationship.html http://canislupus101.blogspot.com/p/wolves-ravens.html Very few mammals have symbiotic ...
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Would a bear cavalry be feasible?

I'm going to avoid some of the issues which have already been covered by some of the excellent answers upthread, and focus on the key issue: you want bear cavalry. Bears are not well shaped for riding,...
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How can sharks be domesticated to become man's best friend?

Sounds impractical at best. These humans use sharks for a number of things, specifically to hunt for food. Call me Mr. Obvious, but if we've domesticated sharks and we need food, what's wrong with ...
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