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Describing an agricultural system which combines horticulture and animals.

Agriculture

Agriculture   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Evolution

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences, Social sciences, Anthropology
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6,017 words
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...testa reflects selection for faster germination. Maize arrived from Mesoamerica much later, approximately 800 years ago. History of Explanation Many societies have stories to explain the beginning of agriculture. Harlan ( 1995 ) presents a series of origin myths from various agrarian societies. Typically, a divine being (Isis in Egypt; Demeter in Greece; a child of the Sun, the first Inca, in the Andes; Oannes in Mesopotamia) brings agriculture to the local, impoverished savages along with a system of laws, religious practices, and the arts of “civilized”...

Colobus and Leaf Monkeys

Colobus and Leaf Monkeys   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Mammals (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2007
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Science and technology, Life Sciences
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9,656 words
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...is infanticide, the killing of dependent infants by conspecifics. Infanticide is not something discussed over polite dinner tables, but it has been widespread even among humans, practiced at some level in the majority of cultures, whether hunter–gatherer, horticulturalist, or agrarian, though apparently less so today than in the past. Indeed, it may have evolutionary implications that extend as far as those of the institution of marriage itself. Descriptions of infanticide in animals date back to the time of the ancient Greeks, but it was only in the 1960s...

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