Images of crops/livestock before selective breeding
August 20, 2014 12:06 PM Subscribe
I'm giving a talk soon that will include a few slides about the dramatic changes wrought by selective breeding, mostly on food crops and livestock. I'm looking for examples and images (ideally public domain) that I can use to say e.g. "here's what it looked like in the wild, and here's what it looks like after 2,000 years of domestication".
You can assume that I've read the obvious wikipedia page
. I guess the area I'm finding most challenging is finding old sketches/woodcuts/paintings of plants and animals as they were farmed hundreds (or thousands!) of years ago.
As an aside, Illustrations of Carrots in Ancient Manuscripts or Early Printed Books
is currently my favourite page on the internet. Partly because it's a near-perfect example of what I'm looking for, but mostly because I just love the fact that someone thought "I know what the world really needs!..."