Sheep on the Orkney isles have been eating seaweed since animal husbandry was introduced in 3500 BC, new research suggests. The landscape on the islands 5,500 years ago was predominantly treeless, as it remains today, so marine seaweed provided a useful alternative fodder. The study found that sheep began to consume moderate amounts of seaweed from the moment of their introduction to Orkney. This practice helped facilitate the successful spread of farming to one of the most remote areas of Europe. Scroll down for video Sheep on the Orkney isles have been eating seaweed since animal husbandry was introduced in 3500 BC, new research suggests. Experts tested the remains of sheep on Skara Brae using isotope dating to make the finding (pictured) WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT SHEEP’S EATING HABITS? Sheep exist on a diet of grass, clover, forbs, and other pasture plants. A forb is a broad-leaf plant other than grass. Sheep, like cattle, goats and alpacas are ‘ruminants’. Their digestive system is very different from humans, dogs and horses, with the key difference being the presence of four stomachs – the first of which is called the rumen. It contains a lot of bacteria and other microbes that help digest cellulose in the… Read full this story
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