Saturday, October 20, 2007

Why we're not nekkid today First Farmers Wanted Clothes, Not Food
People turned to farming to grow fiber for clothing, and not to provide food, says one researcher who challenges conventional ideas about the origins of agriculture.

Ian Gilligan, a postgraduate researcher from the Australian National University, says his theory also explains why Aboriginal Australians were not generally farmers.

Gilligan says they did not need fiber for clothing, so had no reason to grow crops like cotton.

Eh. It assumes a lot, notably that one knows what people were wearing 10k years ago.