Elst's review of Kochhar's Vedic People

Paul Kekai Manansala kekai at JPS.NET
Fri Mar 10 17:26:10 UTC 2000

Rajarshi Banerjee wrote:
> PKM>However, the Indian cow is an entirely different breed than Bos
> taurus of West Asia, separated by many thousands of years. And the zebu
> shows little signs of introgression from bos taurus, quite the reverse
> in fact.
> RB> Actually Bos Indicus has separated from other Bos atleast 200000 to
> 300000 yrs ago.
> The african breeds are also distinct and domestication is local although the
> branching off is more recent. Skeletal data from mehergarh and other places
> show evidence of local domestication( reuction in size from wild state ).
> regards RB

African breeds are either Bos indicus or Bos indicus-Bos taurus hybrids.

Interestingly, practically everywhere one finds domesticated Bos Indicus
one also finds domesticated Bus bubalis (water buffalo).

Paul Kekai Manansala

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