Domesticated Ruminant Behavior
Domestication is one of humanity’s most con sequential achievements. It involves the removal of plants and animals from some of the influ ences of natural selection, as well as manage ment, controlled reproduction, and artificial selection. This facilitates the achievement of the economic and esthetic goal. Domestication sometimes results in “mutualism,” a reciprocal dependence between humans and a domesti cated species. Despite the practical importance of domestication, enduring public interest, and a vast body of folklore, the behavior of domes ticated animals has received relatively little sci entific attention.