Journal article

Boars, barrows, and breeders: The reproductive status of domestic pig populations in mainland New Guinea

PD Dwyer

Journal of Anthropological Research | University of Chicago Press | Published : 1996

Abstract

With a few possible exceptions, the breeding systems of domestic pigs represented in mainland New Guinea fall into one of three categories. In the first, all pigs in the care of people are the progeny of matings between wild boars and wild sows, and the captive population is fully alienated from breeding. In the second, some pigs in the care of people are the progeny of matings between wild boars and domestic sows, and the remainder are the progeny of wild boars and wild sows. The relative contributions of domestic and wild sows as mothers to the piglets that are taken into care vary among societies that implement this system of breeding pigs. In the third category, all pigs in the care of p..

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