Josef H. Reichholf

Warum die Menschen sesshaft wurden

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ISBN: 978-3-596-17932-9


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ISBN 978-3-596-17932-9


Jared Diamond on Josef H. Reichholf, “Warum die Menschen sesshaft wurden” (Why men settled)

"In this, his latest book, the distinguished evolutionary biologist Josef Reichholf illuminates the biggest question of human history: why we humans, after millions of years as nomadic hunter/gatherers, settled down to undertake the hard work of becoming farmers." Jared Diamond

How did man discover corn? No plausible explanation has yet been found for the invention of farming, the Neolithic Revolution. The crops were much too small, people had to clear land and till the soil in backbreaking work. The seeds could not be eaten, no matter how hungry people were. Man became dependent on the weather and the climate. And yet agriculture developed independently in three far-removed regions – the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East, in China and in Mesoamerica – and the farming way of life transformed social structures.
The renowned natural historian Josef H. Reichholf takes a look at the millennia before the start of history, and finds a convincing reason behind this development, which laid the foundations for almost all of humankind’s important cultural achievements.

About Josef H. Reichholf

Josef H. Reichho lf is an evolutionary biologist, natural historian, and best-selling author. Until 2010, he was head of the Vertebrata Section of the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, as well as professor of ecology and environment at the Technische Universität München. In 2007, he was awarded the Sigmund-Freud- Prize for Academic Prose; according to Cicero magazine’s 2009 ranking, he is among Germany’s 40 most influential natural scientists. Also available from S. Fischer are his previous works Einhorn, Phönix, Drache. Woher unsere Fabeltiere kommen, Eine kurze Naturgeschichte des letzten Jahrtausends and Warum die Menschen sesshaft wurden.

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