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  • The advent of farming encouraged hunter-gatherers to abandon nomadic lifestyles and to settle near others who lived by agricultural production. The increased population-density encouraged by farming and the increased output of food per unit of land created conditions that seem more suitable for city like activities. Thanks a lot.
    Regards,
    Idol White

    Posted by jaffa on Wed 11 Jan 2012

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