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Volume 16, issue 1 | Copyright

Special issue: Ecology at the Interface

Web Ecol., 16, 1-2, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-16-1-2016
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Short communication 18 Jan 2016

Short communication | 18 Jan 2016

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

V. Bonhomme1,2, E. Forster3, M. Wallace3, E. Stillman1, M. Charles4, and G. Jones3 V. Bonhomme et al.
  • 1School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH, UK
  • 2UMR 5554 Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution, équipe Dynamique de la biodiversité, anthropo-écologie, Université de Montpellier, CNRS, IRD, EPHE Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier, CEDEX 05, France
  • 3Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, Northgate House, West Street, Sheffield S1 4ET, UK
  • 4Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PG, UK
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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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