From the early stone age Red Deer are grazing in the islands of Scotland. But how could they reach there, so far from the mainland? Possible answer, human took those deer along with them while built settlements in those islands. If it is true, it will also be proven, even in that ancient period, people became able for long sea voyages. Because only by vessels it was possible for them to reach those long distanced islands with those animals. In a recent journal, a group of British scientist focused on this interesting question.
Some deer bones has been recovered from islands situated in very north part of Scotland. Scientists were shocked after examining their DNAs. Because those bones are genetically clearly different from of Britain, Ireland, main part of western Europe and Scandinavia’s deer. That indicates those Red Deer had to cross a long way to reach Scottish islands, which is literally impossible without human assistance and through sea-route.
David Stanton of Cardiff University said, human race of new stone age engaged in a journey from unknown point with Red Deer, may be 4 to 5 thousand years ago, this is really an amazing news. It also proved a known theory wrong that men didn’t have control on deer in that period. Because If it was not possible , how could they carry those animals with them is such long sea journey!
At the last stage of stone age, people used to travel long way with domestic animal, this is quite an old information. But theory of taking jungle animals is totally unprecedented. Stanton also added, In United Kingdom almost 11 thousand years ago, from the last phase of ice age to whole stone age, at the period of emerging farmer communities, presence of Red Deer had been found in many evidences. Along taking their flesh as food, people used their skins, bones and horns to make weapons, jewelries and others. Even deer were often used in farming.
Scientist believe, deer and all other animals now seen in Scotish islands, were taken there by ‘experienced’ people. Previous thought was, they might have swam from near Scottish and other areas to reach those islands. But now as their DNAs are detected as totally unfamiliar to traditional European deer species, scientists are quite convinced that they came from regions far away from there. It’s now subject to further research, from where actually did they come?