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Unformatted text preview: the same rate all over the globe? That strains credulity, especially as intensified hunter–gatherer economies failed to arise in more areas than the areas in which they did arise. A possible explanation seems to me to derive from four developments in the Late Pleistocene that may indeed have driven the clock’s ticking. First, improvements in human hunting skills and consequent depletion or extermination of large mammalian prey would have made the hunter–gatherer lifestyle less rewarding and less able to compete with food production. Second was the development of human technology to collect, process and store wild foods (such as wild cereals), without which subsequently exploiting the same food species as domesticates would have been impossible (that is, what is the point of sowing wheat if you have not yet determined how to reap, roast and store it?). The third development was the on-going competition between human societies, such that those societies with more effective technology at any...
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This note was uploaded on 12/10/2012 for the course HORT 306 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.
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