more that 4 million years human beings and their ancestors roamed
the landscape in search for plants and animals for nutrition.
life of a hunter-gatherer was not an easy one. Cycles of drought,
unusually cold winters, and floods all threaten even the most prepared
hunter-gatherer. In response, many hunter-gatherers began managing
the landscape. Plant resources in given areas were very subtly tended
and cultivated. While this isn't domestication, per se, it
was a step in the agricultural direction.
very important to remember that the line between hunter-gatherers
and other food producing strategies (pastoralism and agriculturalism)
is very blurry. Hunter-gatherers often did things (such as managing
the landscape) that could easily be interpreted as behavior normally
associated with agriculturalists or pastoralists.
do you draw the line?