Kungas were created in ancient Mesopotamia by raising domestic donkeys with Syrian wild asses
Donkey-donkey hybrids were pulled in chariots in Mesopotamia for more than half a century before horses were bred for the same task, a new scientific report shows.
The study was published in scientific progress The ancient “kungas” used in Mesopotamia — and shown in artwork from the third millennium B.C. for pulling carriages — were the result of a cross between a female domestic donkey and a male Syrian wild ass, it claimed Friday.
After sequencing the genome of a 4,500-year-old kunga found in Syria, researchers have found that the equines were “A hybrid of a female domestic donkey and a male marijuana” they are “Earliest Evidence of Hybrid Animal Breeding.”
Eva-Maria Geigl, one of the study’s co-authors, Tell The living science that researchers can tell from bones “Not the size of a donkey” and “Not the size of a Syrian wild ass.”
“They’re different in some way, but it’s not clear what the difference is,” she says.
Geigl explained that since Kungas are sterile, each one has to be specially treated “Biological Engineering” By capturing wild asses and mating them with domestic donkeys.
“As far as we know, they’re the earliest hybrids ever made, and every kunga that’s produced has to do it every time — so that explains why they’re so valuable,” Geiger announced.
Horses are reported to have been domesticated around 3000 BC, about 500 years after the Kungas began to breed.
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