By Marvin Harris
During this magnificent and profound examine the prestigious American anthropologist Marvin Harris exhibits how the never-ending different types of cultural habit -- frequently so complicated before everything look -- should be defined as diversifications to specific ecological stipulations. His goal is to account for the evolution of cultural kinds as Darwin accounted for the evolution of organic kinds: to teach how cultures undertake their attribute types in line with altering ecological modes.
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They could be penned, fed on stubble, and milked and slaughtered selectively. Animals that were too aggressive or too delicate, or that grew too slowly, would have been eaten before they reached reproductive age. This theory explains why the domestication of plants and animals occurred at the same times arid places in the Old World. Both domestications were part of a general region-wide intensification which laid the basis for the emergence of a new production system. At Zawi Chemi Shanidar, one of the earlies~ villages in Iraq, domesticated sheep were present almost 11,000 years ago.
For this reason males became Socially more valuable than females, and both men and women collaborated in 'removing' daughters in order to rear a maximum number of sons. To be sure, preferential female infanticide sometimes occurs in the absence of warfare. Many Eskimo groups maintain high rates of female infanticide even though they have relatively little organized intergroup armed combat. The explanation for this is that in the Arctic environment the superior muscle power of males plays a role in production that is analogous to the role it plays in warfare in other regions.
Land deer, rabbits, turtles, and other small animals and birds. Hence their reluctance to invest the kind of effort the Near Eastern seed gatherers put into their houses, roasting pits and storage facilities. And hence their postponement of full village life until they had depleted even the smaller animals long after they had domesticated many species of plants. I am not saying that Mesoamerica was entirely devoid of domesticable species. Towards the end of the Tehuacan sequence, dogs and turkeys were being raised for food.