What is the most recent domestication of an animal or a plant?



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    The most recent domestication of an animal is the golden hamster, which was domesticated in 1930. In 1930 a female hamster with twelve young is captured at Aleppo in Syria. Taken to the laboratory at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem, they are bred for use in experiments. Each female has several litters a year, so the numbers rapidly grow. Other laboratories secure their own supply from Jerusalem. Then somebody notices that this little animal – chubby, with puffed out cheeks and soft fur – has considerable charm as a pet for children.

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