The questions of this week draw on these readings:

  • Natalie Angier’s ‘‘Furs for Evening, But Cloth was the Stone Age Standby’’
  • Clive Ponting’s ‘‘Crops and Animals’’
  • David Rindos’s ‘‘Symbiosis, Instability, and the Origins and Spread of Agriculture: A New Model’’

Respond to one question from part 1 and one question from Part 2. Your total answer should be at least 250 words. Please use the readings carefully to answer your questions. Whenever you quote, please use this citation format: (the last name of the author, page number), for example; (Angier, 7).

Part 1:

  • What are the differences between primary sources and secondary sources? Please provide some examples of primary and secondary sources from this week’s readings.

Part 2:

  • How do historians organize the past in stages? If we consider ‘‘the string revolution,’’ how might our understanding of history changes according to Angier?
  • Why did humans abandon a life of hunting and gathering for agriculture? How did the adoption of farming transform human society?
  • What does Rindos argue in his article about the origins and spread of agriculture?

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