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Exploring the complexity of domestication: a response to Rowley-Conwy and Zeder

by Christine LEFEVRE - published on , updated on

Allowen Evin, Linus Girdland Flink, Ben Krause-Kyora, Cheryl Makarewicz, Sönke Hartz, Stefan Schreiber, Claus von Carnap-Bornheim, Nicole von Wurmb-Schwark, Almut Nebel, Greger Larson and Keith Dobney.

In their critique of our paper (Krause-Kyora et al. 2013), Rowley-Conwy and Zeder focus on two primary issues. Firstly, they discuss issues associated with the terminology and definitions of animal domestication.
Secondly, they question the techniques we employed to explore it. While we completely agree with their points related to terminology, we feel they have misunderstood both the principals and application of shape analyses using geometric morphometrics, and that this misunderstanding undermines their criticism.
Having said that, and though our differences are easily overstated, our respective interpretations of the data presented in Krause-Kyora et al. (2013) overlap significantly.

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