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Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers: How…

Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers: How Agriculture Really Began (Darwinism…

by Colin Tudge

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An intelligent, short, and clearly written precis of current theories on the origins of agriculture in the Near East. Mr. Tudge is long on speculation and short on actual evidence (which, to be fair, most likely lies under the waters of the Persian Gulf, if Tudge's speculations are correct). Still, he presents a reasonable argument that agriculture on a large scale as exemplified by the ancient cities of Anatolia and Mesopotamia had long antecedents in attempts by humans to control their food supplies by a kind of proto-farming. His speculations regarding the extinction of large land mammals, as well as our Neanderthal cousins, need a bit more fleshing out, but on the whole this is an informative and entertaining work which gives - pardon the expression - food for thought.
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Colin Tudge overturns the traditional view that farming began in the Middle East 10,000 years ago, quickly led to the Neolithic farming revolution, and ended the hunting-gathering lifestyle. Agriculture in some form had been practiced for thousands of years before that, Tudge argues. Neolithic farming was not the beginning of agriculture but the beginning of agriculture on a large scale, in one place, with refined tools.

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