One of the enduring mysteries of the human experience is how and why humans moved from hunting and gathering to farming.
Arizona State University. From their beginnings humans, like other mammals, depended on wild
resources for sustenance. Then between 8,000 and 12,000 years ago, in a
transitional event known as the Neolithic Revolution, they began to
create and tend domestic ecosystems in various locations around the
world, and agriculture was born.
Despite decades of research into this major human advancement, scientists still don't know what propelled it.
The recent work of a research team led by Arizona State University
postdoc Isaac Ullah narrows the mystery by showing what variables might
have affected the transition.
Ullah is an archaeologist in the School of Human Evolution and
Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Most of his
research uses dynamical systems theory (DST) and centers on
understanding the ways in which human societies changed with the advent
of plant and animal domestication. [...] EurekAlert!