Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Spread of agriculture

GNXP has published a neat map that documents when the neolithic revolution spread from the Middle East to Europe 10-5,000 years ago. The author of the post also seems to suggest that people whose ancestors inhabited the fertile crescent during the revolution (probably not televised) may be better adapted to digest grains than those on the periphery who adopted a neolithic diet several thousand years later.
UPDATE: This map would seem to help explain why people from Scandinavia and the British Isles are particularly sensitive to gluten.