Why the switch from foraging to farming? - Yahoo! News
Report of a paper about the productivity of early human attempts at farming. Why stop being a hunter-gatherer and take up farming, when you don't know what you're doing? Early farmers wouldn't have been that good at it, and wouldn't have been able to produce as much as they had been able to get as hunter-gatherers. However, staying in one place has other survival advantages. A house! With a door! To keep the wooly mammoth out! Interesting.