WAS AGRICULTURE IMPOSSIBLE DURING THE PLEISTOCENE BUT MANDATORY DURING THE HOLOCENE? A CLIMATE CHANGE HYPOTHESIS

@article{Richerson2001WASAI,
  title={WAS AGRICULTURE IMPOSSIBLE DURING THE PLEISTOCENE BUT MANDATORY DURING THE HOLOCENE? A CLIMATE CHANGE HYPOTHESIS},
  author={P. Richerson and Robert Boyd and Robert L. Bettinger},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  year={2001},
  volume={66},
  pages={387-411}
}
  • P. Richerson, Robert Boyd, Robert L. Bettinger
  • Published 2001
  • History
  • American Antiquity
  • Several independent trajectories of subsistence intensijcation, often leading to agriculture, began during the Holocene. No plant-rich intensijcations are known from the Pleistocene, even from the late Pleistocene when human populations were otherwise quite sophisticated. Recent data from ice and ocean-core climate proxies show that last glacial climates were extremely hostile to agriculture-dry, low in atmospheric CO,, and extremely variable on quite short time scales. We hypothesize that… CONTINUE READING

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