Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the chronological variation in plant and animal domestication in the world.

  2. Discuss the importance of domestication to the evolution of modern humans.

  3. Discuss the environmental and populational impacts of agriculture.

  4. Explain the anatomical changes that were brought about by the transition to agriculture.

  5. Discuss the changes in human health that occurred with the transition to agriculture.

  6. Provide an explanation for why humans continued to practice agriculture in spite of the health costs.