Most domesticates have their origin in one of some historic centers of domestication as livestock. Wolf domestication was initiated late in the Mesolithic when people were nomadic hunter-gatherers. Those wolves less afraid of people scavenged nomadic looking camps and over time developed utility, initially as guards warning of approaching animals or different nomadic bands and soon thereafter as hunters, an attribute tuned by synthetic selection. The first domestic cats had limited utility and initiated their domestication among the many earliest agricultural Neolithic settlements within the Near East. Wildcat domestication occurred through a self-selective course of during which behavioral reproductive isolation evolved as a correlated character of assortative mating coupled to habitat alternative for city environments.
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