Upon completing the reading assignments provided to me by my professor, I chose to elaborate on the following two articles; “Neolithic Versus Paleolithic” by Diffen.com, and “The Neolithic Revolution.” by R.
a. Guisepi. Both articles elaborate on the similarities of human species during two periods, the Paleolithic Era known as the Old Stone Age, and the Neolithic Era also known as the New Stone Age.
The text elaborates of how many things changed over the development of the new era; the way of life for the paleolithic people known to rely on hunting, and constant relocation, to a newer way of life utilizing agriculture and leaving behind the nomadic lifestyle. While becoming settlers, and leaving behind a lifestyle such as hunting, and relocation for food and shelter sounds more appeasing the Neolithic era provided to show the lifespan of the Neolithic human was significantly decreased. The paleolithic people who hunted and gathered food such as wild cattle were healthier; they did not farm, grow plants, or domesticate animals. One change that was noted was the intake of grains in the diet the text states ” The adoption of grains in the Neolithic era coincided with the shortening of stature, thinner bones and crooked, cavity ridden teeth.
” (Diffen.com) While the new era brought many good developments Such as tools, writing, and weaving the era also displayed a downfall in the wellbeing of the people. This article is especially important to me to understanding today’s societies. Our ways of everyday life today originated from the shift of this era. Today we no longer hunt to survive.
We are able to survive as the result of mass agriculture, and farming. Should we take the time to look back further in our history we would see many of our ancestors raised their own fowls, cows, and pigs; now you may wonder how this relates to the new era? The explanation did we see as much chronic disease, cancers, flu’s or widespread health epidemics? The articles show us that the New Era we live in today is solely a repeat of history.