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When the World’s Population Took Off: The Springboard of the Neolithic Demographic Transition

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Science  29 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6042, pp. 560-561
DOI: 10.1126/science.1208880

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  1. Fig. 1

    The proportion of 5- to 19-year-old skeletons (to all skeletons 5 or more years old) (vertical axis: 15p5) in 133 cemeteries across the Northern Hemisphere during the transition from foraging to farming (horizontal axis: dt). The horizontal axis dt represents the time that elapsed between the advent of farming at that particular location, aligned at dt = 0 [from (25)]. (Below) The population explosion of the Neolithic Demographic Transition, detectable in cemeteries, was unprecedented in the history of Homo sapiens. Neolithic gallery grave of La Chaussée Tirancourt, France (~4500 years before the present).

    [Photo Cl. Masset]

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