Healthy but mortal: human biology and the first farmers of western Europe

Mary Jackes, David Lubell, Christopher Meiklejohn
1997 Antiquity  
What do we know about the effects of the transition to agriculture on human biology? A literature has grown up that gives us the impression that we know a great deal about what happened to bones and teeth when people became sedentary farmers. A review of the sources of these ideas and the evidence supporting them, especially based on work in Portugal, reveals that a reconsideration of the biological consequences of farming in Europe is overdue.
doi:10.1017/s0003598x00085379 fatcat:j3lvfd36cbeftojikjp7jio2qi