The transition from hunter-gatherer society to settled domestic agriculture

(Summarized from Bob Holmes' article in New Scientist, 18 September 2004)

Holmes points to studies on modern hunter-gatherers which suggest that farming may be far more labour-intensive than foraging for food.  So why were our ancestors so eager to adopt a lifestyle that left them worse off?

 

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