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Crop domestication and the origins of agriculture

Crop domestication and the origins of agriculture

We are interested in the roles that ecological processes might have played in narrowing the range of species exploited by gatherers as they began to cultivate plants. We also investigate the role of “unconscious” natural selection as an explanation for the domestication of crops. Our primary focus in on the Fertile Crescent, but we also take a global perspective, looking at other centres of domestication.