AHC: Get Australian Aboriginals to domesticate an animal

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Plateosaurus, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Plateosaurus Well-Known Member

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    Due to a multitude of factors surrounding their environment, australian aborigines never domesticated any fauna or flora outside of dingoes (not that this degrades their cultures in anyway), but the goal of this thread to have at least one tribe domesticate any species of animal, whether spider or any other arthropod, reptile and amphibian, mammal, fish, or even any kind of extinct creature that were present when the first tribes arrived in the Pleistocene.
     
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  2. Richard V Well-Known Member

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    The emu has the most to offer.

    There are actually a large number of domesticated Australian species. Various birds, snakes and lizards. Unfortunately most are only useful as pets. There are a few captive bred fish which might be useful in aquaculture.
     
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  3. James Ricker Own your mistakes

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    If the giant wombat had survived until the Aborigines arrived it could have been domesticated and become Aboriginal equivalent of cattle. With the benefit that it's square dung would be easily converted into bricks for building.
     
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  4. Tomislav Addai Well-Known Member

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    Hmm... Aussies over here, is there any plant looking fit for growing as cereal in Australia?
     
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  6. twovultures Best leagues are NFL, FIFA, and Shmalkaldic

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    Yeah, domesticating an animal without plant agriculture is possible, but not likely. I do agree that the giant wombats are good candidates for a herding-style economy if they could survive the Pleistocene extinctions, and while not a 'classic' domesticate, eel weirs were very close to domestication.

    Australia does have native rat species IIRC, perhaps one could take a niche similar to that of the guinea pig in the Andes? Basically a living trashcan for food waste that can be eaten in turn.
     
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  7. The Tai-Pan The Pagemaster/Plogmonger

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    Those animals are not domesticated but tamed, unless I am forgetting something?
     
  8. Plateosaurus Well-Known Member

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    Heck, it actually has quite a few, and it even had more before European imperialism.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rodents_of_Australia
     
  9. Blorg Credit to comics I post is SMBC or flork of cows Gone Fishin'

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    I misread the title.
    Now I feel bad.
     
  10. Richard Osborne Well-Known Member

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    What did you misread it as?
     
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  11. Blorg Credit to comics I post is SMBC or flork of cows Gone Fishin'

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    Get Australian Aboriginals domesticated as animal.
     
  12. Tyler96 Well-Known Member

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    Could you do something with dingoes?
     
  13. Nathan Bernacki Well-Known Member

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    1. The OP mentioned that.

    2. They did. Dingoes were used as hunting dogs. They were the only animals Aborigines didn't hunt.
     
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  14. Jared first one to PM me gets a bonus chapter of LoRaG

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    There's a short timeline here by someone whose name escapes me at the moment called Lands of Red and Gold. That features domesticated emus, ducks, quolls, lizards and geese (as well as dingoes).
     
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  15. Revachah ::purveyor of side-eye and teeth sucking:::

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    Geese, bush turkey. eels, dingoes and lizards are the best bet.
     
  16. galanx Member

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    I admire your definition of short. It has 143 pages in Part 1, and is up to 117 pages in Part II.
     
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  17. Analytical Engine Monarchist Collectivist Federalist

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    It's a case of "@Jared gotta Jared". :p
     
  18. Blorg Credit to comics I post is SMBC or flork of cows Gone Fishin'

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    It's althist.com short
     
  19. Jared first one to PM me gets a bonus chapter of LoRaG

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    Exhibit A, Look To The West by @Thande. Five closed threads of 218, 109, 98, 109 and 145 pages respectively, and an open thread currently at 14 pages.
    Exhibit B, MalĂȘ Rising by @Jonathan Edelstein. One main thread of 367 pages, and a spin-off or two.
    Exhibit C, Arose From Out The Azure Main by @iainbhx. First thread of 1056 pages (not a typo), a second thread of 500 pages, and an open thread currently at 432 pages.

    So yes, Lands of Red and Gold is short. For a given value of short.
     
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  20. Analytical Engine Monarchist Collectivist Federalist

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    It's short by Harry Potter book standards...