Latest Neolithic Revolution Stories
By sequencing the mitochondrial DNA of the first Near Eastern farmers for the first time, researchers have discovered evidence supporting an Early Neolithic pioneer maritime colonization of mainland Europe that involved expansion through Cyprus and the Aegean Islands.
About 10,000 years ago, the Neolithic age ushered in one of the most dramatic periods of human cultural and technological transition, where independently, different world populations developed the domestication of plants and animals.
New analytical techniques are changing long-held, simplistic views about the evolutionary history of humans in Europe.
One of the most significant socioeconomic changes in the history of humanity took place around 10,000 years ago, when the Near East went from an economy based on hunting and gathering (Mesolithic) to another kind on agriculture (Neolithic).
Agricultural â€“ or Neolithic â€“ economics replaced the Mesolithic social model of hunter-gathering in the Near East about 10,000 years ago.
Unraveling the origins of agriculture in different regions around the globe has been a challenge for archeologists.
Until recently researchers believed the story of the origin of agriculture was one of a relatively sudden appearance of plant cultivation in the Near East around 10,000 years ago spreading quickly into Europe and dovetailing conveniently with ideas about how quickly language and population genes spread from the Near East to Europe.
By Prendergast, Kate Our prehistoric ancestors survived rapid climate change and rising temperatures as extreme as those we face today, says Kate Prendergast.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.