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Sheep 101: Science of the Lambs
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Sheep 101: Science of the Lambs

Sheep are social, cud-chewing ruminants. Domesticated more than 10,000 years ago, they are raised for their wool, milk, and meat. Their wild cousins graze in mountains or hilly habitats. They commonly have longer horns and are famous for their fierce, head-butting battles.

Start exploring these cloven-hoofed mammals and their contributions to science.

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Cloning Dolly the Sheep

Cloning Dolly the Sheep

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Home Sheep Home 2 Game

Home Sheep Home 2 Game

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