As a followup to my last post on Jared Diamond and the effects of early agriculture, Philippa over at Carboholics Anonymous alerted me to a post by Dr. Eades about the impact of same, with interesting photographic demonstrations of the various effects of agriculturally-induced nutritional deficiencies on skeletal remains (tooth decay, bone deformities, height loss, etc.).
“The anthropological record of early man clearly shows health took a nosedive when populations made the switch from hunting and gathering to agriculture. It takes a physical anthropologist about two seconds to look at a skeleton unearthed from an archeological site to tell if the owner of that skeleton was a hunter-gatherer or an agriculturist.”
You can find the post at Dr. Eades’ blog Protein Power.