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Is there an accepted explanation for multiple independent "cradles of civilization"?

I also believe the answer is "no". It sure is tempting to put forth one's own theories here, but I'm unaware of any one that is generally accepted. I will point out one thing though: That chart you ...
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Did humans hunt with dogs before planting crops for food?

Yes, current archaeological evidence does suggest that humans were hunting with dogs in the Palaeolithic period, well before they developed agriculture. There is now good evidence from both ...
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Why have we settled while foragers used to be healthier instead?

Who are "we" in your question? Organization of society is not a result of some collective, democratic decision. Farming societies are stronger for two reasons: a) they allow a greater ...
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Why have we settled while foragers used to be healthier instead?

Read the book Guns, Germs and Steel from Jared Diamond. He writes in 480 pages what I try to surmise in a few lines. The trick is quantity over quality. A farmer has an (almost) guaranteed source of ...
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Roughly how many people were in a Magdalenian group? (And Gravettian?)

Actually, the truth is that - in absolute terms - we don't know the size of the groups. All that we are able to say is that the material culture of a particular group - as revealed by archaeology - ...
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Why have so few paleo-Indian skeletons been found?

20th C. Answer: No People to Leave Remains The Clovis first hypothesis states that the Clovis people were the first Native Americans, and that the arrived in North American around 12,000 BC via an ice ...
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Why have we settled while foragers used to be healthier instead?

Peter Kropotkin’s now outdated but classic Mutual aid: a factor in human evolution discusses goods and population densities versus property forms and hierarchalisation. For the historical materialist ...
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Roughly how many people were in a Magdalenian group? (And Gravettian?)

I found a clue about the Mezhirich culture that lived globally at the same time (18,000-14,000 ago) than the Magdalenian (17,000 - 12,000 ago). On a promontory overlooking Ukraine’s Rosava River, ...
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Did Palaeolithic humans live longer than early Neolithic farmers?

You can read the original paper here: Older age becomes common late in human evolution. Note the author's first conclusion is that their results indicate: a trend of increased survivorship of ...
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