Why did foraging, horticulture and pastoralism persist after the Neolithic transition? The oasis theory of agricultural intensification

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Vol/Iss. 378(1883) Royal Society Published In Pages: ??
By Medupe, Dithapelo, Roberts, Sean G., Shenk, Mary K., Glowacki, Luke


Foraging will persist because foragers generally live in marginal habitats that are unsuitable for agricultural purposes.


The ecological determinants of agricultural intensity are biodiversity, rainfall and net primary productivity (NPP). When adding subsistent types to the statistical test, the p value becomes more significant (p<0.001).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Ecological determinants of agricultural intensity IndependentClimate, Fauna, Flora
Agriculture intensityDependentTillage