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

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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 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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30 Sep 2003, 23:11
Vicky 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 domes-ticated sheep are to theirs.
(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in the last 8,000 years

The argument obviously makes an assumption with its conclusion.

Paraphrase : Wild Mouflon sheep of the Island of Corsica are direct descendants of sheep that escaped from domestication on the island 8000 years ago...and so they provide a picture of what some early domesticated sheep looked like.

A ...negate A...it doesnt do anything to the conclusion.

C...negate C...modern domestic sheep are not direct descendants..ok..thats why the problem is there..we cant use modern sheep to find out how the early domesticated sheep looked like...Nope.

E....just too vague...nope

D...negate D...i dont think it makes too much difference to the agrument

I am not sure about B..it seems to be the best answer.

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01 Oct 2003, 02:29
Praetorian, look,
If we negate C, then it comes pointless to compare mouflon with other spicies, since in this case mouflon doesn'y represent a benchmark to use.
The argument claims that mouflon is a benchmark. It is also a direct decsendant of wild sheep. That is mentioned in the stimulus. Then the only assumption imo can be made is that modern sheep are direct descendants of those wild sheep existed 8000 years ago. Otherwise the argument does not make sense.

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01 Oct 2003, 08:21
thans for the nice discussion.
The answer to my surprise (as u also will be) is D.
C is definitely not the assumption. Only thing that argument says is that wild Moulfon sheep was descendant of earlier domesticated sheeps and thus gives picture of old domesticated sheeps than modern domesticated sheeps. If we assume C than argument is infact gets weakened.
B adoes not weaken. So what if other breeds of sheep also excaped early domestication, wild Moulfan can still give a good picture of early sheeps.
I can come to D only by elimination. How negating D destroys the argument is still not clear to me.

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15 Jul 2015, 14:49
Vicky wrote:
(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore-
‍bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domes-
‍ticated sheep are to theirs.

The only reason I feel "D" is the correct answer is that if we try to negate it, we get to see that if the statement is wrong than the comparison "They therefore provide archaeologists with a picture of what some early domesticated sheep looked like" will not hold true as there might be wild sheeps which will be difficult to differentiate for the archaeologists.

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