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According to Johnson, the domestication of animals is likely to have preceded language, and itself required the prior invention of religious thinking.
The advent of basic language and agriculture prompted small settlements, where the domestication of animals, the use of tools and the benefit of trade saw those local settlements expand into more complex societies.
Quite possibly, domestication of animals originated as dogs and cats were attracted to the readily available food supplies around human settlements.
Diamond (1999) and Caras (1996) have both considered the significant role that the domestication of animals has played in the development of human civilizations.
Human domestication of animals probably began with dogs about 17,000 years ago, although some experts believe the association is much older.
Increased domestication of animals helps push animal diseases into people, says Daszak.
Arguably one of the most important developments in human history, the domestication of animals transformed societies that adopted the practice.
Alternatively, improved communications could encourage further domestication of animals and even greater commercial exploitation.