A recent paper by the Palaeobarn team has challenged the mythology surrounding the domestication of rabbits, widely held to have occurred around 600AD after a decree by Pope Gregory allowed rabbit meat to be eaten during Lent. Published in Ecology & Evolution, the paper outlines a much more complex picture of rabbit domestication as a continuum, rather than a short series of historically localised events.
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1st January 2014
Project: Deciphering dog domestication through a combined ancient DNA and geometric morphometric approach
Duration: 2013 - 2016 Funding: Natural Environment Research Council, UK (NE/K005243/1 and NE/K003259/1)