About this Research Topic
There is considerable momentum in documenting this period of food globalization, and the consequent knowledge is having a profound effect on our understanding of the human past on a global scale. While the movements of plant and animal domesticates across Eurasian continents are well documented in the archaeological record, what is less known is the precise mechanism that the prehistoric communities employed to adapt novel domesticates in new environments or into the long-standing local practices. This Research Topic explores the effects of new environments (physical and cultural) on domesticated species. We will explore the delights (and flaws) of farming and herding practices in novel environments and the interplay between human selections and consequent variations in the domesticates’ morphotypes and phenotypes.
Within the scope of the defined research goals, potential topics include, but are not limited to, questions about:
• Paleodiet and palaeoenvironment
• Nutrition, mobility, and ecology
• Subsistence, farming, and pastoral activities
• Human interactions with plants, animals, and landscapes
• Symbiosis in plant and animal domestication
• Evolution of plant and animal species
• Plant dispersal and adaptation in new environmental niches
Keywords: food globalization, plant and animal domestication, dispersal of domesticates, environment adaptation, archaeological science
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