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Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture

Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0520246478

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ISBN13: 978-0520246478
ISBN10: 0520246470
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Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 2006
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Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0520246478

Douglas J. Kennett

ISBN13: 978-0520246478
ISBN10: 0520246470
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: University of California Press

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

This innovative volume is the first collective effort by archaeologists and ethnographers to use concepts and models from human behavioral ecology to explore one of the most consequential transitions in human history: the origins of agriculture. Carefully balancing theory and detailed empirical study and drawing from a series of ethnographic and archaeological case studies from eleven locations--including North and South America Mesoamerica Europe the Near East Africa and the Pacific--the contributors to this volume examine the transition from hunting and gathering to farming and herding using a broad set of analytical models and concepts. These include diet breadth central place foraging ideal free distribution discounting risk sensitivity population ecology and costly signaling. An introductory chapter both charts the basics of the theory and notes areas of rapid advance in our understanding of how human subsistence systems evolve. Two concluding chapters by senior archaeologists reflect on the potential for human behavioral ecology to explain domestication and the transition from foraging to farming.

Author Bio

Douglas J. Kennett Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon is author of The Island Chumash (California 2005). Bruce Winterhalder Professor of Anthropology and the Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California Davis is coeditor of Evolutionary Ecology and Human Behavior (1992) and Hunter-Gatherer Foraging Strategies (1981).

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