“Diet selection was estimated using fecal analysis”

From J Bartolomé, J Franch, J Plaixats, and NG Seligman, Diet selection by sheep and goats on Mediterranean heath woodland range:

Three mixed flocks of sheep and goats, led by shepherds, were monitored for a year… Diet selection was estimated using fecal analysis… The outstanding difference was the avoidance of the tree, Quercus ilex, by the sheep … Sheep selected graminoids throughout the year while goats tended to avoid them.

Wouldn’t it have been more intelligent to ask the shepherds?

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