Hindcasting global population densities reveals forces enabling the origin of agriculture

Nature Human Behavior Vol/Iss. 2(7) Nature Published In Pages: 478-484
By Kavanagh, Patrick H., Vilela, Bruno, Haynie, Hannah J., Tuff, Ty, Lima-Ribeiro, Matheus, Gray, Russell D. , Botero, Carlos A. , Gavin, Michael C.


Agriculture arose as environmental conditions improved and population densities increased


Researchers hindcasted population trends across 12 societies and compared to estimated time of domestication


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Generalized additive modelsSupportedN/AN/AN/A


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Population DensityIndependentPopulation
DomesticationDependentDomesticated Animals, Tillage