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Why Were so Few Species Domesticated?

Caption: Why weren't zebras ever domesticated? Baron Rothschild frequently drove a carriage pulled by zebras through the streets of 19th-century London. In "Guns Germs and Steel," Jared Diamond says the reason zebras were not domesticated is that they are extraordinarily vicious and will bite and not let go. But why weren't people able to modify this temperament if they were able to gentle wolves into dogs?

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