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# Fossilised foot bones of domesticated cattle from prehistoric European

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Updated on: 20 Mar 2019, 21:59
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Fossilised foot bones of domesticated cattle from prehistoric European villages prove that cattle were used as traction engines as early as 8000 years ago. These footbones are wider than those of the wild cattle which lived in the same area around the same time.

Which of the following is an assumption involved in the argument above?

A. Where the fossilised bones were found determined whether the cattle were wild or domesticated.

B. Originally, cattle were domesticated in order to ensure a regular supply of milk and beef.

C. Use of cattle as traction engines is best evidenced by the remnants of prehistoric plows.

D. Carrying more than its own bodyweight can lead to skeletal changes in a quadruped.

E. In the absence of proper roads, helping humans with transportation must have been an arduous job for the domesticated cattle of prehistoric times.

Originally posted by Thakurdas on 20 Mar 2019, 21:51.
Last edited by Bunuel on 20 Mar 2019, 21:59, edited 1 time in total.
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21 Mar 2019, 13:44
A is an inference probably

D is an assumption 100 percent!

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21 Mar 2019, 19:42
D is definitely the assumption upon which the argument depends but A is not possible to infer beyond doubt. Whether a fossilised animal was domesticated or wild may be determined by many things. An animal whose bones have found in a village might very well be a wild animal that had been hunted down brought to the village to be eaten.

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