University of Utah study links population boom to the invention of agriculture

A recent study conducted by anthropologists at the University of Utah has come to discover a link between ancient population boom and the first development of North American agriculture 5000 years ago. Should the findings of the study hold water, then it may be implied that the earliest human ancestors on the eastern North American continent might have been compelled to cultivate plants for the very first time on the because of an overabundance of people in relation to available resources.

A map chartered by the Utah anthropologists indicates that various kinds of wild foods became scarce after an upsurge in the population, prompting the very first organized domestication of produce such as sunflower and squash. The areas in which plants were systematically domesticated for sustenance were indicated with radiocarbon-dating artifacts used to spotlight human settlement, and these areas largely composed a sizable portion of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast.

To date, anthropologists have managed to identify several events of prominent plant domestication in the formative years of human history, the earliest of which being traced back to 11,500 years ago in the Middle East. The North American plant domestication event would be the 9th of these 11 periods of agricultural innovation. Researchers have drawn a relationship between the societal changes caused by food domestication and the first traces of “statehood” with formalized communities.

Though accurate estimations of ancient population quantities remain relatively challenging to deduce with accuracy, radiocarbon dated charcoal, animal bones, and various other elements gave the University of Utah anthropologists just enough to connect the dots across several century-long segments.

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