Chapter 10 Summary

Diamond proposes that Eurasia has yet another advantage, in addition to its larger variety of domesticable plant and animal species: its geographic size and orientation. Eurasia covers the largest East–West area of any continent, whereas the Americas and Africa span greater North–South distances. Diamond hypothesizes that this orientation gave Eurasia another advantage over the other continents.

The Fertile Crescent’s package of plants and animals spread quickly and, in many cases, completely into Europe and North Africa. Most of this area had adopted a substantial number of the Fertile Crescent’s plants, animals, and food productions techniques within just a few thousand years of the dawn of agriculture. Other...

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