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
  • American Antiquity
  • Several independent trajectories of subsistence intensification, often leading to agriculture, began during the Holocene. No plant-rich intensifications 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 CO2, and extremely variable on quite short time scales. We hypothesize that… CONTINUE READING
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