Gus germs and steel Essay

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Gus germs and steel 1. Yali asks Diamond, “Why is it that you white people developed sp much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little cargo of our own.” 2. Jared Diamond’s thesis seems to be that external factors such as geography can affect the fate of human societies. In other words, what separates the winners from the losers is geography. Chapter 1 1. “The Great Leap Forward” is when human history developed about 50,000 years ago. 2. The giant moas in New Zealand and the giant lemurs in Madagascar were exterminated by humans. 3. 15,000 years ago the American West looked like Africa’s Serengeti Plains. It was filled with elephants, giraffes, zebras, and other African animals. All of…show more content…
Chapter 6 1. Food production was evolved rather then discovered because the first people who adopted food production were not trying to farm because they had never seen how to farm. 2. The four factors that “tipped the competitive advantage away from hunter-gathering and toward sedentary food production” were: a.)There was a decline in the amount of animal resources. b) There was an increased availability of domesticable plants. c) There was an increased development of technologies for collecting, storing, and processing wild foods. d) There was a two way link between the rise in food production and a rise on human population density, meaning that the food producing societies grew. Chapter 9 1. Domesticated animals are defined as an animal that has been selectively bred in captivity and has been modified from its ancestors. According to Jared Diamond, Elephants have only been tamed because they have not been changed from their ancestors. 2. In order to be domesticated, animals must posses a variety of characteristics. Failure in anyone of the characteristics would mean that the animal cannot be domesticated. The characteristics are: A.) Diet-The animal’s biomass should be around 10%. This means that carnivores would be practically impossible to domesticate. B.) Growth Rate-The animals must grow fast. C.) Problems with captive breeding-The animals must be willing to share their space with others. D.) Nasty

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