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The first shoots of a modern morphometrics approach to the origins of agriculture

V. Bonhomme, E. Forster, M. Wallace, E. Stillman, M. Charles, and G. Jones

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The transition from a mobile hunter-gatherer lifestyle to one of settled agriculture is arguably the most fundamental change in the development of human society (Lev-Yadun et al., 2000). The establishment of agricultural economies, emerging initially in the Fertile Crescent of the Near East (Nesbitt, 2002), required the domestication of crops; ancient plant remains recovered from early farming sites provide direct evidence for this process of domestication.
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