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OT - hunter-gatherer social Eden???? Not...

Discussion in 'Archives - Yahoo Canyons Group' started by Tom Jones, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. Tom Jones

    Tom Jones Guest

    From the Economist, an interesting read...

    HUMAN beings have spent most of their time on the planet as hunter- gatherers. From at least 85,000 years ago to the birth of agriculture around 73,000 years later, they combined hunted meat with gathered veg. Some people, such as those on North Sentinel Island in the Andaman Sea, still do. The Sentinelese are the only hunter-gatherers who still resist contact with the outside world. Fine-looking specimens—strong, slim, fit, black and stark naked except for a small plant-fibre belt round the waist—they are the very model of the noble savage. Genetics suggests that indigenous Andaman islanders have been isolated since the very first expansion out of Africa more than 60,000 years ago.

    About 12,000 years ago people embarked on an experiment called agriculture and some say that they, and their planet, have never recovered. Farming brought a population explosion, protein and vitamin deficiency, new diseases and deforestation. Human height actually shrank by nearly six inches after the first adoption of crops in the Near East. So was agriculture "the worst mistake in the history of the human race", as Jared Diamond, evolutionary biologist and professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, once called it?

    The rest:

    http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10278703

    Tom
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