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The Domestication of Plants and Animals in Central/East Asia

At around 12,500 B. C. E, the domestication of animals and plants first arose. The domestication of animals and plants allowed early humans to manipulate the standard of living and heredity of plants and animals. Domestication took generations to achieve due to understanding the environment they inhabit. Domesticators gained many advantages that they didn’t have when they were hunters and gatherers. Between 7000 B. C. E and 500 B. C. E, the domestication of animals and plants in Central and East Asia gave early humans a form of transportation and a source of food while playing an important role in the formation of civilizations.

The domestication of camels gave early humans a form of transportation. “And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. ” (New King James Version Genesis 24:61). The Bible states that people rode upon the camels. “And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled. ” (New King James Version 1 Samuel 30:17). The Bible also mentions that the men rode upon camels to escape. The sacrificial camels we have made for you as among the Symbols from Allah: in them is (much) good for you: then pronounce the name of Allah over them as they line up (for sacrifice): when they are down on their sides (after slaughter), eat ye thereof, and feed such as (beg not but) live in contentment, and such as beg with due humility: thus have we made animals subject to you, that ye may be grateful. ” (Al Hajj Sura 22 Verse 36). The Quran mentions that camels were used for religious, sacrificial purposes. Throughout time, domestication continued to develop from manipulating animals manipulating plants.

At about 1000 B. C. E, the domestication of apples arose in Central Asia. Apples were one of the earliest plants domesticated in Central Asia, present day Kazakhstan (Juniper 46). “Sustain me with raisin cakes; Refresh me with apples, because I am lovesick. ” (New American Standard Bible Song of Solomon 2:5). The Bible states that apples were used to energize humans when they were in grief and pain. The Bible also mentions apples having its sweet taste. “Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the young men In his shade I took great delight and sat down, And his fruit was sweet to my taste. (New American Standard Bible Song of Solomon 2:3). Not only did the domestication animals and plants give early humans a form of transportation and a source of food, but also an advantage to the growth of cities. Domestication of plants and animals led to the formation of civilizations. Domestication allowed early humans to grow their food instead of acquiring it from when they were hunters and gatherers. Domestication allowed early humans to permanently settle in one area rather than being in constant movement in the search for food.

In addition, domestication of plants and animals allowed humans to accumulate surplus food. Farmers domesticated plants and animals which allowed others to obtain different jobs. This led to a division of labor which played an important role in the development of civilizations. The domestication of plants and animals gave humans benefits for everyday life. Animals and plants were domestication for several of reasons such as a form transportation and a source food. Evidence of the domestication of plants and animals are mentioned in the Bible and Quran.

The domestication of plants and animals soon led to the formation of civilizations which created a new standard of living for early humans. The alteration from hunters and gatherers to domesticators provided early humans with many advantages which made their lives more efficient. Bibliography BibleGateway. com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 100 Versions and 50 Languages. 27 Nov. 2010. . Juniper, B. E. , and D. J. Mabberley. Story of the Apple, the. Portland, Or. : Timber, 2006. Quran Recitation and Translation Online in Arabic, English, and Urdu. 27 Nov. 2010. .