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WHAT IS IT?
The Human Eco-morphological Evolution (HEmE) is an agent-based model designed to allow the exploration of the evolution of body mass and stature in genus Homo under different ecological conditions. The scope of this model is testing the influence of specific thermorregulatory and energetic factors that might have affected the evolution of body size in genus Homo.
HOW IT WORKS
The Bronze Age Collapse model (BACO model) is written using free NetLogo software v.6.0.3. The purpose of using the BACO model is to develop a tool to identify and analyse the main factors that made the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age socio-ecological system resilient or vulnerable in the face of the environmental aridity recorded in the Aegean. The model explores the relationship between dependent and independent variables. Independent variables are: a) inter-annual rainfall variability for the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age in the eastern Mediterranean, b) intensity of raiding, c) percentage of marine, agricultural and other calorie sources included in the diet, d) soil erosion processes, e) farming assets, and d) storage capacity. Dependent variables are: a) human pressure for land, b) settlement patterns, c) number of commercial exchanges, d) demographic behaviour, and e) number of migrations.