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European Hunter-Gatherers Dined on Domestic Pigs

Science  30 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6149, pp. 950
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6149.950

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What happened when Near Eastern farmers moved into Europe and met native hunter-gatherers about 8500 years ago? DNA from ancient pigs suggests that fishing peoples in Germany may have adopted at least one custom from their farming neighbors: the keeping of domesticated pigs. If the claim holds up, it suggests that farming spread through locals adopting the technology, as well as farmers moving into new territory, processes that have often been seen as opposed to each other.