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# wild sheep

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10 Oct 2006, 04:15

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 descen-
‍dants 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 domes-
‍ticated sheep are to theirs.
(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in
‍the last 8,000 years.
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10 Oct 2006, 04:20
C for me....
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10 Oct 2006, 04:21
D

Archaelogists assume that Mouflon sheep did not change as much as the domestic sheep have changed over the last 8000 years.
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10 Oct 2006, 04:23
SimaQ wrote:
C for me....

SimaQ, Aren't the Mouflon descendants of early domesticated sheep, rather than wild sheep?
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10 Oct 2006, 04:28
Lets take it step by step....

1) Wild mouflon sheep------>domesticated sheep------>modern domesticated sheep.... or am i not correct?
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10 Oct 2006, 04:33
SimaQ wrote:
Lets take it step by step....

1) Wild mouflon sheep------>domesticated sheep------>modern domesticated sheep.... or am i not correct?

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.

I think this question can be read in two different ways:

I read: Some sheep escaped while going through the domestication process. These were just beginning to be domesticated, but escaped on the island. Their descendants are the Mouflon sheep

You read: Some sheep were never domesticated. Their descendants are the Mouflon sheep.

Is that right?
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10 Oct 2006, 05:08
Go with D.

Modern Sheep are the most changed breeds as per the message. The The mofloun sheep are the direct descendants of the sheep that were not domesticated.
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10 Oct 2006, 05:45
anandsebastin wrote:
SimaQ wrote:
Lets take it step by step....

1) Wild mouflon sheep------>domesticated sheep------>modern domesticated sheep.... or am i not correct?

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.

I think this question can be read in two different ways:

I read: Some sheep escaped while going through the domestication process. These were just beginning to be domesticated, but escaped on the island. Their descendants are the Mouflon sheep

You read: Some sheep were never domesticated. Their descendants are the Mouflon sheep.

Is that right?

Yes, mouflon sheep was never domesticated....
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10 Oct 2006, 06:50
AK47 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?
(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore-
‍bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domes-
‍ticated sheep are to theirs.

If there isn't D.....modern domesticated sheep are more similar to their ancestor ---> we just simply look at thees modern sheep to have a picture of their ancestor ---> we don't have to rely on the wild sheep ---> D supports the conclusion.
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10 Oct 2006, 08:00
Another D.
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10 Oct 2006, 08:06
laxieqv wrote:
AK47 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?
(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore-
‍bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domes-
‍ticated sheep are to theirs.

If there isn't D.....modern domesticated sheep are more similar to their ancestor ---> we just simply look at thees modern sheep to have a picture of their ancestor ---> we don't have to rely on the wild sheep ---> D supports the conclusion.

Good use of the negatation strategy.

Instant (D) here.
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11 Oct 2006, 17:21
D 2
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11 Oct 2006, 17:32
Got D.
11 Oct 2006, 17:32
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