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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 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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20 Nov 2007, 20:53
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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. Not true because first sentence states to the contrary

(B) There are no other existing breeds of sheep that escaped from domestication at about the same time as the forebears of the mouflon. It is stated that the sheep that escaped from domestication on the island provide a picture of early domesticated sheep. For this to be true, it has to rule out the possibility that early domesticated sheep could be related to breeds other than those on the Corsican island.

(C) Modern domesticated sheep are direct descendants of sheep that were wild 8,000 years ago. Not true. Infact modern sheep are products of delibrate selective breeding.

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

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

I pick B. WHat is the OA?
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21 Nov 2007, 01:32
(D) can't understand why you say this is out of scope? What we're looking for is an assumption behind the claim that these guys look like sheep from 8000 years ago. This is clearly such an assumption.
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21 Nov 2007, 06:56
I have a third answer: (A).
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21 Nov 2007, 08:11
Skewed 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. - Incorrect(No reference of wild sheep)

(B) There are no other existing breeds of sheep that escaped from domestication at about the same time as the forebears of the mouflon. - resemblanse actually has nothing to do with sheep running away; thats just an additional information about that breed. So, incorrect

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

(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their forebears of 8,000 years ago than modern domesticated sheep are to theirs. - This makes sense because it showz that both are bein compared to their ancestral breeds and assume that the modern are different from theirs ; only then can it be concluded that there was a selective breeding which has changed it from the ancestors

(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in the last 8,000 years.
- there is no reference of climate affecting the breeds. So, Incorrect.

I feel answer is D ; more because I could eliminate the others.
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21 Nov 2007, 08:41
one more D....
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21 Nov 2007, 08:52
I say D as well.

If you try to negate answer choice D, then the conclusion does not make sense. For instance, if mouflon sheep are not more similar to their forebears of 8000 years ago than modern domesticated sheep are to theirs, then why would the archaeologists choose the mouflon to figure out what some early domesticated sheep look like??

Sorry, i don't have the OA. I just wanted some consensus as to what the answer is.
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21 Nov 2007, 09:41
On second thought, (A) goes against the premise. Only available option is (D).
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21 Nov 2007, 13:15
my vote goes to D
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21 Nov 2007, 15:56
OA is D. (from previous posts)
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10 Mar 2008, 21:34
D i guess
Re: CR- Sheep   [#permalink] 10 Mar 2008, 21:34
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