Bone and chemical analyses indicate horses were harnessed and even milked more than 5,000 years ago in central Asia
Central Asia’s vast grasslands hosted a prehistoric revolution in transportation, communication and warfare, thanks to the humble horse. Remains from Kazakhstan’s more than 5,000-year-old Botai culture have yielded the earliest direct evidence for domestication of these versatile beasts, scientists report.
The Botai people were hunter-gatherers who lived in large settlements for months or years. Th