Farming began in North Africa about 7,500 years ago thanks to immigrants, DNA from Neolithic burials reveals


The Neolithic age — when agriculture and animal farming were adopted — has become one of the most widely studied periods of social and economic transition in recent years. It was a period that drove great change in the evolution of human society.

Recent research — the fruit of projects that combine archaeological excavation and analysis of ancient DNA — points to rapid development in the Middle East, in the region known as the Fertile Crescent. The innovations that came about there subsequently spread, and were adopted by hunter gatherer communities in the Anatolian peninsula (present day Turkey).


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