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Domestication and early agriculture in the Mediterranean Basin: Origins, diffusion, and impact
  • M. Zeder
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 19 August 2008
The past decade has witnessed a quantum leap in our understanding of the origins, diffusion, and impact of early agriculture in the Mediterranean Basin. In large measure these advances areExpand
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The initial domestication of goats (Capra hircus) in the Zagros mountains 10,000 years ago.
Initial goat domestication is documented in the highlands of western Iran at 10,000 calibrated calendar years ago. Metrical analyses of patterns of sexual dimorphism in modern wild goat skeletonsExpand
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The onset of the Anthropocene
Abstract A number of different starting dates for the Anthropocene epoch have been proposed, reflecting different disciplinary perspectives and criteria regarding when human societies first began toExpand
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Documenting domestication: the intersection of genetics and archaeology.
Domestication, a process of increasing mutual dependence between human societies and the plant and animal populations they target, has long been an area of interest in genetics and archaeology.Expand
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Core questions in domestication research
  • M. Zeder
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 20 February 2015
Significance Domestication of plants and animals marks a major transition in human history that represents a vibrant area of interdisciplinary scientific inquiry. Consideration of three centralExpand
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The Origins of Agriculture in the Near East
  • M. Zeder
  • Biology
  • Current Anthropology
  • 23 August 2011
The emerging picture of plant and animal domestication and agricultural origins in the Near East is dramatically different from that drawn 16 years ago in a landmark article by Bar-Yosef and Meadow.Expand
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Ecological consequences of human niche construction: Examining long-term anthropogenic shaping of global species distributions
The exhibition of increasingly intensive and complex niche construction behaviors through time is a key feature of human evolution, culminating in the advanced capacity for ecosystem engineeringExpand
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The Neolithic Macro-(R)evolution: Macroevolutionary Theory and the Study of Culture Change
The macroevolutionary approach in archaeology represents the most recent example in a long tradition of applying principles of biological evolution to the study of culture change. ArchaeologistsExpand
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The Broad Spectrum Revolution at 40: Resource diversity, intensification, and an alternative to optimal foraging explanations
More than 40 years ago Kent Flannery coined the term Broad Spectrum Revolution (BSR) in reference to a broadening of the subsistence base of Late Pleistocene hunter–gatherers in the Near East thatExpand
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