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 R. Boyd and R. Bettinger},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  year={2001},
  volume={66},
  pages={387 - 411}
}
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… Expand
The transition to agriculture in northwestern China
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