Concept Check

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The Good and Bad of Agriculture

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Discuss whether the invention of agriculture was a net positive or negative for humans.
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Soft Food and Biological Change

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Was the transition to soft food among agriculturalists a good one for humans? Explain your answer, providing at least one example of an anatomical change.
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Labor, Lifestyle, and Adaptation in the Skeleton

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What do agriculturalists’ bones tell you about their lifestyles? Use specific examples and explain the processes that cause biological differences.
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Health Costs of Agriculture

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Based on the chart, discuss which method of procuring food is better for the body: hunting and gathering or cultivating.
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Most humans today are not hunter-gatherers, however. Explain why this is the case and why the benefits of agriculture outweigh the drawbacks.

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