Constraints on the development of agriculture

Robert Bettinger, Peter Richerson, Robert Boyd

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The development of agriculture was limited by external constraints, mainly climate, before the Holocene and mainly by social institutions after that. Population size and growth was important but ultimately did not determine where and why agriculture evolved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-631
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent anthropology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology

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