ANTH sept 15 class notes

ANTH sept 15 class notes - Wednesday September 15...

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Wednesday September 15 Anatomically Modern Human Adaptations: the Broad Spectrum Revolution The BSR was a critical, successful adaptation to the changing climate and environment. BSR adaptations, such as searching for and using different foods, exposed people to many new plant and animal resources for food. Use, observation, and experimentation with these plants and animals led to artificial selection and domestication. Pleistocene to Holocene: Environmental Changes Holocene geological epoch: 12,000 b. p. to present. End of glaciations. Greater regional and local variation in temperature, precipitation, etc. There was more variety of environmental zones. When the landscapes varied, so did the resources available to humans. AMH Adaptations: the Neolithic Revolution Shift from Paleolithic to Neolithic, which means the “New Stone Age.” Characteristics of the Neolithic period included a shift from hunting and gathering to farming and domestication of animals, a shift from nomadic and seminomadic groups to more settled groups, and a general increase in landscape modification. There was also a shift from egalitarian societies to ranked societies (beginning of social
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2011 for the course ANTH 1102 taught by Professor Gonzalez during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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