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Studying subsistence/the origins of agriculture.. How we determine animal domestication? Smaller in body size, slower, less agile, more wool, faster growth rate, mature more quickly 1. Look for animals/plants found outside their normal home area 2. Look at mortality profiles, what animals are dead and when (slaughter females when they cant reproduce anymore and are older, slaughter males when they are younger tender and ready to eat bc you don’t need a lot) 3. Genetic evidence shows what the original wild animals were and can show if there were more than one domestication processes Studying subsistence Residue analysis 1. Phytoliths (little starches that stick around) Bone analysis 1. Stable isotope analysis of human remains 2. Ways to distinguish btwn different types of plants based on how much carbon13 they absorb from atmosphere, will show balance of plants and animals, can also tell us where ppl are from bc teeth will show what kind of water and such from your childhood 3.
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  • Fall '10
  • ElizabethArkush
  • faster growth rate, subsistence Residue analysis, original wild animals, normal home area, early hominids hunters

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