The history of domestic water buffalo and banteng

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Initial post: Jul 24, 2008 5:43:57 PM PDT
mianfei says:
One question that has occurred tio me about the history of animal domesticates is why water buffalo and banteng never reached New Guinea.

If we analogise with what Diamond says, any New Guinean people who could have acquired water buffalo and/or banteng in terms of labour needed to produce food and potentially in diet through their milk.

Would you think the problem was:

- that the New Guinea highlands were too cold for water buffalo or banteng?
- that water buffalo and banteng were domesticated too late to be used by migrating Austronesians?
- that water buffalo and banteng were too hard to carry on craft then available?

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 7:46:36 PM PDT
jj says:
it was combination of 2 and 3. when humans first started migrating to new guinea neither had become fully domestic they were both semi domestic. Then by the time they were fully domestic and commonly traded people where still migrating but it was simply to hard to get them across.
im a historian and mammalogy (so many people think this isn't a real word)
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