No we’re not talking about getting your partner in line here.  This shows us why some animals can be domesticated and can’t – or shouldn’t.

The domestication of animals has been a major focus of resources for the human species for thousands of years now. And now there’s a video that gives you plenty of fresh information on how humans went about domesticating animals and taming them to fulfill our wants and needs.

Whether it’s the hardy horse that carried humans across hundreds of miles or the humble sheep, cows and the likes that gave their human owners meat and milk.   Apart from other means of survival or business, these domesticated animals sure have made our lives a lot more comfortable and prosperous.

Beginning with the humble sheep, CGP Grey, in his video on the patterns of domestication choices, tells us how the process works – making sure that the most productive representatives of a species are bred through the generations so that a truly productive breed may be carried forward for optimum human use.

Of course, the process of domestication isn’t a modern one, its been going on for centuries now. So what were the criteria upon which even our predecessors with fairly limited knowledge base their choice of which animals to domesticate on?

Grey’s checklist tells us the four F’s that helped humans choose their favorite animals for domestication included Friendly, Feedable, Fecund and Family Friendly.

Friendly, of course refers to the criterion that these animals shouldn’t be eager to bite a human’s – or each other’s – head off.

Feedable refers to the need for these animals to have food habits that aren’t very demanding.

Fecund refers to the need for these chosen animals to reproduce on relatively easy grounds. Animals with complex behavioral patterns as well as the complications of specific mating seasons would not make this list.

Then there’s the need for these animals to follow a family structure, no matter how loose this may be. This is because a sense of belonging keeps animals restrained.

This video goes into the details, and we see where Grey draws his inspiration from  and the importance of checklists, something that is revealed by some interesting observations that Atul Gawande made in his book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.  Grey’s explanation of domestication make this video a must watch.