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January 31, 2004

The blood of the nomads

I have alluded several times to the possible selection pressures that dense post-neolithic life might have induced in various populations. But I realized that I make it seem like there is a constant environment after the introduction of agriculture in any given population. There are various post-neolithic lifestyles, with the farmer vs. nomad dichotomy foremost in the minds of many. But, how often did farming populations practice nomadism, and make the switch back, or perhaps revert to hunter-gatherer lifestyle when marginalized?

Posted by razib at 05:12 PM