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Unformatted text preview: Alice Kwak January 26, 2012 Anthro 114 Diamond and Bellwood 2003- Question 1 Jared Diamond and Peter Bellwood believe the basic hypothesis is that “farmers and their culture replaced neighboring, hunter-gatherers and the latter’s culture.” Thus, prehistoric agriculture diffused simultaneously with human genes and languages. This so called “basic” hypothesis is rather multifaceted and invokes six complications identified by the two authors. One complication shows that the transition from hunter-gathers to famers is not divided by a simple line; rather there is some overlap between the two groups, specifically, genetic overlap. For one, there was some intermarriage of hunter-gatherer women to farmer men, which created a hybrid population supported by the wave-of-advance model. An example of this fusion is that the genes of modern western Ireland population “are estimated to be derived 99% from Europe’s original hunter-gatherers and only 1% from Anatolian farmers (Diamond 598)” despite...
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