First Sheep, a partial bibliography

For its inaugural issue in 2013, PLY Magazine asked me to write about the history and development of sheep from their first origins: genetics, breeds, development, from point 1 to the present. As usual, I couldn’t resist the challenge. I wanted (and needed) to use every word I was allowed to discuss the topic, and my bibliography would have taken half the available space. Here it is, although I’ve still included only selected options. A complete list would be enormous. For a fuller list, see the bibliography for The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More than 200 Fibers from Animal to Spun Yarn (Storey Publishing, 2011).

I am always interested in locating new material on these topics. If you know of something pertinent and interesting, please tell me about it!

Thanks yet again to Nancy Osbahr, the interlibrary loan librarian for the Poudre River Public Library District.


Bruford, Michael W. “Molecular Approaches to Understanding Animal Domestication: What Have We Learned So Far?” (date unknown; approximately 2006): (accessed October 9, 2012).

Bruford, Michael W., Daniel G. Bradley, and Gordon Luikart. “DNA Markers Reveal the Complexity of Livestock Domestication.” Nature Reviews. Genetics 4, no. 11 (2003): 900–910.

Bruford, Michael W., and Saffron J. Townsend. “Mitochondrial DNA Diversity in Modern Sheep.” In Documenting Domestication: New Genetic and Archæological Paradigms, ed. Melinda A. Zeder, Daniel G. Bradley, Eve Emshwiller, and Bruce D. Smith, 306–316. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

Bunch, T. D., C. Wu, Y. P. Zhang, and S. Wang. “Phylogenetic Analysis of Snow Sheep (Ovis nivicola) and Closely Related Taxa.” Journal of Heredity 97, no. 1 (2006): 21–30.

Chessa, Bermardo, Filipe Pereira, Frederick Arnaud, Antonio Amorim, Félix Goyache, Ingrid Mainland, Rowland R. Kao, Josephine M. Pemberton, Dario Beraldi, Michael J. Stear, Alberto Alberti, Marco Pittau, Leopoldo Iannuzzi, Mohammad H. Banabazi, Rudovick R. Kazwala, Ya-ping Zhang, Juan J. Arranz, Bahy A. Ali, Zhiliang Wang, Metehan Uzun, Michel M. Dione, Ingrid Olsaker, Lars-Erik Holm, Urmas Saarma, Sohail Ahmad, Nurbiy Marzanov, Emma Eythorsdottir, Martin J. Holland, Paolo Ajmone-Marsan, Michael W. Bruford, Juha Kantanen, Thomas E. Spencer, and Massimo Palmarini. “Revealing the History of Sheep Domestication Using Retrovirus Integrations.” Science 324, no. 5926 (2009): 532–536.

Clutton-Brock, Juliet. A Natural History of Domesticated Mammals. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1987.

Clutton-Brock, Juliet, and H.-P. Uerpmann. “The Sheep of Early Jericho.” Journal of Archaeological Science 1, no. 3 (1974): 261–274.

Dohner, Janet Vorwald. The Encyclopedia of Historic and Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Gentry, A., Juliet Clutton-Brock, and C.P. Groves. “The Naming of Wild Animal Species and Their Domestic Derivatives.” Journal of Archaeological Science 31, no. 5 (2004): 645–651.

Guo, J., L.-X. Du, Y.-H. Ma, W.-J. Guan, H.-B. Li, Q.-J. Zhao, X. Li, and S.-Q. Rao. “A Novel Maternal Lineage Revealed in Sheep (Ovis Aries).” Animal Genetics 36, no. 4 (2005): 331–336.

Hiendleder, Stefan, Bernhard Kaupe, Rudolf Wassmuth, and Axel Janke. “Molecular Analysis of Wild and Domestic Sheep Questions Current Nomenclature and Provides Evidence for Domestication From Two Different Subspecies.” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences 269, no. 1494 (2002): 893–904.

International Sheep Genomics Consortium.

Kijas, James W., David Townley, Brian P. Dalrymple, Michael P. Heaton, Jillian F. Maddox, Annette McGrath, Peter Wilson, Roxann G. Ingersoll, Russell McCulloch, Sean McWilliam, Dave Tang, John McEwan, Noelle Cockett, V. Hutton Oddy, Frank W. Nicholas, and Herman Raadsma. “A Genome Wide Survey of SNP Variation Reveals the Genetic Structure of Sheep Breeds (for the International Sheep Genomics Consortium).” PLOS ONE 4, no. 3 (2009): e4668.

Kijas, James W., Johannes A. Lenstra, Ben Hayes, Simon Boitard, Laercio R. Porto Neto, Magali San Cristobal, Bertrand Servin, Russell McCulloch, Vicki Whan, Kimberly Gietzen, Samuel Paiva, William Barendse, Elena Ciani, Herman Raadsma, John McEwan, Brian Dalrymple, and International Sheep Genomics Consortium. “Genome-Wide Analysis of the World’s Sheep Breeds Reveals High Levels of Historic Mixture and Strong Recent Selection.” PLOS Biol 10, no. 2 (2012): e1001258.

Lawson Handley, L.-J., K. Byrne, F. Santucci, S. Townsend, M. Taylor, M. W. Bruford, and G. M. Hewitt. “Genetic Structure of European Sheep Breeds.” Heredity 99, no. 6 (2007): 620–631.

Maddox, Jill F., and Noelle E. Cockett. “An Update on Sheep and Goat Linkage Maps and Other Genomic Resources.” Small Ruminant Research 70, no. 1 (2007): 4–20.

Maijala, Kalle. “Genetic Aspects of Domestication, Common Breeds and Their Origin.” In The Genetics of Sheep, ed. Laurie Piper and Anatoly Ruvinsky, 13–49. Oxfordshire and New York: CAB International, 1997.

Meadows, Jennifer R. S., Ibrahim Cemal, Orhan Karaca, Elisha Gootwine, and James W. Kijas. “Five Ovine Mitochondrial Lineages Identified From Sheep Breeds of the Near East.” Genetics 175, no. 3 (2007): 1371–1379.

Meadows, Jennifer R. S., O. Hanotte, C. Drögemüller, J. Calvo, R. Godfrey, D. Coltman, J. F. Maddox, N. Marzanov, J. Kantanen, and J. W. Kijas. “Globally Dispersed Y Chromosomal Haplotypes in Wild and Domestic Sheep.” Animal Genetics 37, no. 5 (2006): 444–453.

Meadows, Jennifer R. S., Stefan Heindleder, and J. W. Kijas. “Haplogroup Relationships between Domestic and Wild Sheep Resolved Using a Mitogenome Panel.” Heredity 106, no. 4 (2011): 700–706.

Oddy, V. Hutton, John McEwan, John Dalrymple, Jill Maddox, Frank Nicholas, Chris Warkup, and Alex Clop. “Sequencing the Sheep Genome (Working Paper).” (2006): (accessed October 9, 2012).

Pedrosa, Susan, Metehan Uzun, Juan-José Arranz, Beatriz Gutiérrez-Gil, Fermin San Primitivo, and Yolanda Bayón. “Evidence of Three Maternal Lineages in Near Eastern Sheep Supporting Multiple Domestication Events.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 272, no. 1577 (2005): 2211–2217.

Rezaei, H. R., S. Naderi, I. C. Chintauan-Marquier, P. Taberlet, A. T. Virk, H. R. Naghash, D. Rioux, M. Kaboli, and F. Pompanon. “Evolution and Taxonomy of the Wild Species of the Genus Ovis (Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Bovidae).” Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54, no. 2 (2010): 315–326.

Ryder, Michael L. “Domestication, History and Breed Evolution in Sheep.” In Genetic Resources of Pig, Sheep, and Goat, ed. Kalle Maijala, 157-177. Amsterdam, Oxford, New York, Tokyo: Elsevier Science Publishers, 1991. 

Scherf, Beate D., ed. World Watch List for Domestic Animal Diversity. 3rd ed. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2000.

Schultz, Mark. The Stuff of Life : A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA. Illustrated by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon. 1st ed. New York: Hill and Wang, 2009.

Simpson, Kathleen, and Sarah Tishkoff. Genetics: From DNA to Designer Dogs. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2008.

Sulaiman, Yiming, Changxin Wu, and Chunjiang Zhao. “Phylogeny of 19 Indigenous Sheep Populations in Northwestern China Inferred From Mitochondrial DNA Control Region.” Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances 6, (2011): 71–79.

Tapio, Miika, Nurbiy Marzanov, Mikhail Ozerov, Mirjana Ćinkulov, Galina Gonzarenko, Tatyana Kiselyova, Maciej Murawski, Haldja Viinalass, and Juha Kantanen. “Sheep Mitochondrial DNA Variation in European, Caucasian, and Central Asian Areas.” Molecular Biology and Evolution 23, no. 9 (2006): 1776–1783.

Tapio, Miika, Mikhail Ozerov, Ilma Tapio, Miguel A. Toro, Nurbiy Marzanov, Mirjana Ćinkulov, Galina Goncharenko, Tatyana Kiselyova, Maziek Murawski, and Juha Kantanen. “Microsatellite-Based Genetic Diversity and Population Structure of Domestic Sheep in Northern Eurasia.” BMC Genetics 11, no. 1 (2010): 76 (11 pages). (accessed October 9, 2012).

Trow-Smith, Robert. A History of British Livestock Husbandry to 1700. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1957.

Zeder, Melinda A. “Archaeological Approaches to Documenting Animal Domestication.” In Documenting Domestication: New Genetic and Archæological Paradigms, ed. Melinda A. Zeder, Daniel G. Bradley, Eve Emshwiller, and Bruce D. Smith, 171-180. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.