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The wild Mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica are direct descendants of sheep that escaped from domestication on the island 8,000 years ago. They therefore provide archaeologists with a picture of what some early domesticated sheep looked like, before the deliberate selective breeding that produced modern domesticated sheep began.

The argument above makes which of the following assumptions?

(A) The domesticated sheep of 8,000 years ago were quite dissimilar from the wild sheep of the time.

(B) There are no other existing breeds of sheep that escaped from domestication at about the same time as the forebears of the Mouflon.

(C) Modern domesticated sheep are direct descendants of sheep that were wild 8,000 years ago.

(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domesticated sheep are to theirs.

(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in the last 8,000 years.
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21 Oct 2008, 06:35
amitdgr wrote:
The wild Mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica are direct descendants of sheep that escaped from domestication on the island 8,000 years ago. They therefore provide archaeologists with a picture of what some early domesticated sheep looked like, before the deliberate selective breeding that produced modern domesticated sheep began.

The argument above makes which of the following assumptions?

(A) The domesticated sheep of 8,000 years ago were quite dissimilar from the wild sheep of the time -> PERFECTO

(B) There are no other existing breeds of sheep that escaped from domestication at about the same time as the forebears of the Mouflon -> just providing pictures of some dom.sheeps is mentioned

(C) Modern domesticated sheep are direct descendants of sheep that were wild 8,000 years ago. -> this is irrelevant

(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domesticated sheep are to theirs. -> why are v bothered about photos of wild sheeps OUT ,we are just taking picture of domestic sheeps of earlier time

(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in the last 8,000 years. -> OOS

PR1 : The wild Mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica are direct descendants of sheep that escaped from domestication on the island 8,000 years ago.

CONCLUTION: They therefore provide archaeologists with a picture of what some early domesticated sheep looked like, before the deliberate selective breeding that produced modern domesticated sheep began.

providing pictures suffices for selcective breeding to get ddomesticated sheeps !! that means looks do matter
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21 Oct 2008, 06:52
Between A and D I chose D

whats the OA?
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21 Oct 2008, 07:09
another A
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Re: CR : MOUFLON SHEEP [#permalink]

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21 Oct 2008, 07:46
amitdgr wrote:
The wild Mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica are direct descendants of sheep that escaped from domestication on the island 8,000 years ago. They therefore provide archaeologists with a picture of what some early domesticated sheep looked like, before the deliberate selective breeding that produced modern domesticated sheep began.

The argument above makes which of the following assumptions?

(A) The domesticated sheep of 8,000 years ago were quite dissimilar from the wild sheep of the time.
(B) There are no other existing breeds of sheep that escaped from domestication at about the same time as the forebears of the Mouflon.
(C) Modern domesticated sheep are direct descendants of sheep that were wild 8,000 years ago.
(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domesticated sheep are to theirs.
(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in the last 8,000 years.

D is exactly what the passage assumes.

Since modren domesticated sheep are not similar to the Mouflon sheep and Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore bears of 8,000 years ago, the Mouflon sheep provides archaeologists with a picture of what some early domesticated sheep looked like, before the deliberate selective breeding that produced modern domesticated sheep began.
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21 Oct 2008, 08:06
The Ds have it

OA is D !!
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01 Jun 2012, 20:47
I'm not very convinced with option D. Even using the negation technique both option B and D seem to be contendors for the right answer. can some one please help?

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02 Jun 2012, 07:28
IMO, D it is!

A mentions wild sheep..which is nowhere mentioned in the stimulus.
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14 Oct 2013, 04:21
amitdgr wrote:
The wild Mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica are direct descendants of sheep that escaped from domestication on the island 8,000 years ago. They therefore provide archaeologists with a picture of what some early domesticated sheep looked like, before the deliberate selective breeding that produced modern domesticated sheep began.

The argument above makes which of the following assumptions?

(A) The domesticated sheep of 8,000 years ago were quite dissimilar from the wild sheep of the time.

(B) There are no other existing breeds of sheep that escaped from domestication at about the same time as the forebears of the Mouflon.

(C) Modern domesticated sheep are direct descendants of sheep that were wild 8,000 years ago.

(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domesticated sheep are to theirs.

(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in the last 8,000 years.

Hi all,

People say that the OA is D. I'm really puzzled with this one and the good news is that I have lots of Kudos to give away!
So would someone please provide a detailed explanation of the stimulus and the answer choices

Would really appreciate it, this is a 700 level question for sure
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14 Oct 2013, 04:45
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Conclusion: Just because they look like some early domesticated sheep, It has been inferred that they are direct descendants.
Pre-thinking:
1. Picture is perfect to recognize the similarity.
2. there is a correlation between ancient and current sheep.

(A) The domesticated sheep of 8,000 years ago were quite dissimilar from the wild sheep of the time.< Focus on word DISSIMILAR - opposite of conclusion.>

(B) There are no other existing breeds of sheep that escaped from domestication at about the same time as the forebears of the Mouflon.<I am not concerned with other existing breed - elephants are also there, do i care, no>

(C) Modern domesticated sheep are direct descendants of sheep that were wild 8,000 years ago.<this uses similar terms but does focus on wildness of the sheep, and also no new info, assumption must have new info.>

(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domesticated sheep are to theirs.<matches with my pre-thinking, so far, so good>

(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in the last 8,000 years.<Yes climate has not changed. so, should i be happy, sad or do party?, trying to deceive me>

Hope this helps!
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