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The Top 10 Largest Scale Science Projects of All Time

By Becky Ferreira Feb 26, 2013

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Plant and Animal Domestication

The domestication of plants and animals by humans is, without a doubt, the longest and most important science experiment of all time. Humans simply would not have enjoyed such evolutionary success without the help of our non-human friends, which we've gradually tamed from the wild. Our species started selective breeding of crops, livestock, and companion animals at least 20,000 years ago, a development which single-handedly led to large-scale civilization. So remember to thank your dog, your veggies, and your livestock: the other science projects on this list would simply not have been possible without them.

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