Chapter Learning Objectives

The Agricultural Revolution: New Foods and New Adaptations

  • Explain the chronological variation in plant and animal domestication in the world.
  • Discuss the importance of domestication to the evolution of modern humans.

Agriculture: An Adaptive Trade-Off

  • Discuss the environmental and populational impacts of agriculture.

How Did Agriculture Affect Human Biological Change?

  • Explain the anatomical changes that were brought about by the transition to agriculture.
  • Discuss the changes in human health that occurred with the transition to agriculture.

If It Is So Bad for You, Why Farm?

  • Provide an explanation for why humans continued to practice agriculture despite the health costs.