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# The wild mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica are direct

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02 May 2005, 15:15
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20. 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 forebears 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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02 May 2005, 19:32
I'd go with D. Here's why.
A is wrong - domentication started 8000 years ago - not much differences expected.
B is wrong because no mention of other breeds existing or non existing.
C is wrong directly from line 1 of passage.
D is correct - from the sense of the passage, and from line 1 of the passage too.
E is wrong because no reference of climate changing or not changing exists in the passage.
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02 May 2005, 20:44
going with D ( initially A but found D better )

A passage doesnt state the dissimilarity
B. passage doesnt talk about other breeds of that time
C. passage doesnt say this
D. Mouflin sheep are more similar to their ancestors and thus ideal for study.
E. out of scope
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03 May 2005, 07:02
D.

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.

We are comparing current sheep to sheep past, so we need to establish a logical basis/standard
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03 May 2005, 07:51
Folaa3 wrote:
Can someone negate B.

the argument says that the wild mouflon sheep are direct descendants of sheep that escaped from domestication on the island. so there is no specification of breed. its just past sheeps in general. now take B) it says that there are no other breeds that escaped at that time. but if there were other sheeps, it would not attack the conclusion that says that its important for the researchers to get a picture how the past sheep looked like indepentently of the breed of the sheep.
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03 May 2005, 14:06
The OA is D.
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