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Origins of Agriculture

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Humans survived as foragers of wild plants and animals for hundreds of thousands of years. Agriculture arose relatively recently, roughly 10,000 years ago, in the course of human history.

Explain the success of foraging as a survival strategy for early humans.

Domesticated plants are genetically different from their wild relatives.

The leaves of wild lettuce are tough and bitter tasting, yet the domesticated varieties derived from wild populations produce tender leaves that are nonbitter. Explain the difference between wild and domesticated lettuce by explaining the difference between artificial and natural selection.