Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Neolithic Revolution (hypothesis)

Proposed by V. Gordon Childe to explain the origins of agriculture but now regarded by many as too simplistic, the model supposed that in response to post-Pleistocene climate changes humans changed from food collecting to haphazard and then systematic food growing, animal husbandry, and living in permanent housing, and developed methods of storing inventoried crops. Now supplanted by more complex models such as the risk management models and the ecological models.

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