A brief constructed response about the agricultural revolution and its effect on the human species

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Agricultural Revolution

The agricultural revolution and the humans' ability to grow their own food was a huge step forward for the human species and their ability to settle down and build a civilization because they were able to remain in one place. Prior to the revolution, the human species were forced to hunt and gather their food. If a herd of animals decided to relocate, the humans were forced to follow. With the new discovery of food production, the human species no longer had to depend upon wild animals for food. They could settle down as a community and make homes for themselves in a single area where they would produce their won food and live year round. Instead of hunting and gathering all their food, the humans were now able to plant their own food in one permanent location and live there without having to relocate based on the direction that the animals traveled.

Because the humans were able to domesticate animals as a result of the agricultural revolution, they had access to resources that were not previously available to them. For example, they could milk the cows, use them for meat, and use other animals' fur for warmth. The humans chose where they wanted to live by finding a place that had a relatively warm climate, fertile soil to grow their food on, large amounts of land for farming, and a body of water. Without a steady water supply, the humans would not have been able to survive. Being able to grow their own food not only enabled the human to settle down in one area, but it also gave them a lot more leisure time to use as they wish. They could spend the time they normally used traveling and hunting on developing their community, advancing technology,