The origins of turkey domestication

Posted on 2 June 2017

York researchers to study turkey development in Mexico

Two archaeologists from the University of York, Aurélie Manin and Camilla Speller, have recently been awarded funding to study the origins and development of turkey domestication in Mexico.

Led by collaborators Erin Thornton (Washington State University) and Kitty Emery (Florida Museum of Natural History), this international project will bring together multiple scientific techniques to study where, when and how wild turkeys first came under the control of humans.

Funded by the US National Science Foundation, this research will examine the shape, size and genetic makeup of archaeological turkey bones, as well as modern local heritage breeds to understand how the wild turkeys of Mexico were transformed into the birds we find on our tables today.