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Title:The ecological characteristics and evolutionary history of the Nigerian forest sheep
Author:Orji, B.I.
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Nigerian dwarf sheep are mainly found in the southern Guinea savanna and forest zone of Nigeria with the distribution of similar ecotypes of this breed extending from Senegal in the west through the Cameroons and the Congo basin to Angola in the south. A general description of the breed its present distribution, its ecological characteristics, its historical-background and the traditional methods of husbandry is made. The term 'dwarf' hitherto use in naming the breed is critically examined. On the strength of certain ambiguities in the term, the misconceptions that may arise by its continued use, and the nonexistence of any proven characteristic physiological abnormalities among the type, it is suggested that the breed name of Nigerian Dwarf Sheep be replaced by an ecotypic name, Nigerian Forest Sheep. Photos on p. 149. Bibliogr.