From the author of such works as Dark Horizons, E.V.I.L., and the bestseller Haunted., comes the first in a trilogy that will keep you biting your nails in suspense, cringing in horror, and asking for more. The year is 1987. Running a restaurant can be a difficult, stressful venture, but the Rifflet's have it all figured out. Decent location with no other real competition, right off of Alligator Alley, steady flow of customers, and they receive numerous compliments about the food they serve. If only the people dining in knew where the meat came from that they were consuming... Dylan Masterson, lead singer of the rock band Forbidden Fruit, seems to have it all but is battling his own inner demons. Little does he know that he'll be fighting some real life monsters who have different plans for his future.
This book is about the contribution to evolutionary theory and agricultural technology of one of humankind's most dramatic imitations of the evoluÂ tionary process, namely crop domestication, as exemplified by the progenitor of wheat, Triticum dicoccoides. This species is a major model organism and it has been studied at the Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, since 1979. The domestication by humans of wild plants to cultivated ones during the last ten millennia is one of the best demonstrations of evolution. It is a process that has been condensed in time and advanced by artificial rather than natural selection. Plant and animal domestication revolutionized human cultural evolution and is the major factor underlying human civilization. A post-Pleistocene global rise in temperature following the ice age, i.e., climatic-environmental factors, may have induced the expansion of economÂ ically important thermophilous plants and in turn promoted complex foragÂ ing and plant cultivation. The shift from foraging to steady production led to an incipient agriculture varying in time in various part of the world. In the Levant, agriculture developed out of an intensive specialized exploitation of plants and animals. Natufian sedentism, followed by rapid population growth and resource stress, induced by the expanding desert, coupled with available grinding technology, may have triggered plant domestication.
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