Domesticated Pets

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Domestication is the act of taming, and/or cultivating a population of organisms outside of their “natural” environment to keep as pets, or farm produce. It could also be defined as a mutualism between human, and animal. Humans play a huge role in the evolution of domesticated species, and are the main reason why they act a certain way, physically look a certain way, and are allowed to keep them as pets today. The way humans have raised these species, and the amount they have provided for them (in other words called artificial selection) are some of the causes for their evolution, and change.
The earliest evidence of humans domesticating animals, specifically felines (cats), goes back to rural China, 5 ,560­5,280 years ago, during an agricultural
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Some important factors that contribute to the evolution of such domesticated pets all have to do with the way humans have learned to raise these animals. In the wild, animals have to learn how to provide for their own­­how to find shelter, how to find food, and how to defend themselves from environmental, and other physical dangers. All of these factors play a huge role in the way they act, while their bodies eventually adapt to these aspects too; it’s an important characteristic of natural selection. For example if the animal is the victim of a larger predator, their body, and teeth size would be bigger, and their bodies would physically adapt to help them protect themselves from such dangers. If we take all these dangers away (predators, hunger, surrounding environment), and we place these animals under the protection of humans, the way these animals act, and the way their bodies are physically built, will also change. This is called artificial selection. The reason why domesticated animals are the way they are today, is because of human breeding. When we provide them with food, and shelter, and we keep…show more content…
This has to lead to the evolution, and domestication of the house pets we all love today. Humans have everything to do with the evolution of these specific species. Humans were the ones who took them out of their natural, and wild environment, and raised them to perform certain tasks. Because of this, their behavior, and physical characteristics have all adapted to their new environment, in where safety, food, shelter, and protection have all provided for them. These domestic pets now all follow through artificial selection, or intentional breeding. In conclusion, humans are the biggest factors behind the evolution, and adaptation of domesticated animals. Because of our human greedy, and selfish need to use these animals for our own pure advantage, it has lead to the domestication of the pets themselves. Although, these pets are no longer used for any activities like hunting, or pest control, they are now simply considered as feline friends, and
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