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Current perspectives and the future of domestication studies

Larson, G and Piperno, DR and Allaby, RG and Purugganan, MD and Andersson, L and Arroyo-Kalin, M and Barton, L and Vigueira, CC and Denham, T and Dobney, K and Doust, AN and Gepts, P and Gilbert, MTP and Gremillion, KJ and Lucas, L and Lukens, L and Marshall, FB and Olsen, KM and Pires, JC and Richerson, PJ and De Casas, RR and Sanjur, OI and Thomas, MG and Fuller, DQ (2014) Current perspectives and the future of domestication studies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (17). 6139 - 6146. ISSN 0027-8424

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It is difficult to overstate the cultural and biological impacts that the domestication of plants and animals has had on our species. Fundamental questions regarding where, when, and how many times domestication took place have been of primary interest within a wide range of academic disciplines. Within the last two decades, the advent of new archaeological and genetic techniques has revolutionized our understanding of the pattern and process of domestication and agricultural origins that led to our modern way of life. In the spring of 2011, 25 scholars with a central interest in domestication representing the fields of genetics, archaeobotany, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, and archaeology met at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center to discuss recent domestication research progress and identify challenges for the future. In this introduction to the resulting Special Feature, we present the state of the art in the field by discussing what is known about the spatial and temporal patterns of domestication, and controversies surrounding the speed, intentionality, and evolutionary aspects of the domestication process. We then highlight three key challenges for future research. We conclude by arguing that although recent progress has been impressive, the next decade will yield even more substantial insights not only into how domestication took place, but also when and where it did, and where and why it did not.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Larson, G
Piperno, DR
Allaby, RG
Purugganan, MD
Andersson, L
Arroyo-Kalin, M
Barton, Lloukas@pitt.eduLOUKAS0000-0003-1519-4226
Vigueira, CC
Denham, T
Dobney, K
Doust, AN
Gepts, P
Gilbert, MTP
Gremillion, KJ
Lucas, L
Lukens, L
Marshall, FB
Olsen, KM
Pires, JC
Richerson, PJ
De Casas, RR
Sanjur, OI
Thomas, MG
Fuller, DQ
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Comparative Archaeology
Date: 29 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume: 111
Number: 17
Page Range: 6139 - 6146
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1073/pnas.1323964111
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0027-8424
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2014 19:03
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 15:56


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