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Maize May Have Been Domesticated In Mexico As Early As 10,000 Years Ago

Things just keep getting pushed back…

Maize (Corn) May Have Been Domesticated In Mexico As Early As 10,000 Years Ago [Science Daily]

The ancestors of maize originally grew wild in Mexico and were radically different from the plant that is now one of the most important crops in the world. While the evidence is clear that maize was first domesticated in Mexico, the time and location of the earliest domestication and dispersal events are still in dispute.

Now, in addition to more traditional macrobotanical and archeological remains, scientists are using new genetic and microbotanical techniques to distinguish domesticated maize from its wild relatives as well as to identify ancient sites of maize agriculture. These new analyses suggest that maize may have been domesticated in Mexico as early as 10,000 years ago.

Dr. John Jones and his colleagues, Mary Pohl, and Kevin Pope, have evaluated multiple lines of evidence, including paleobotanical remains such as pollen, phytoliths, and starch grains, as well as genetic analyses, to reconstruct the early history of maize agriculture. Dr. Jones, of the Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, Pullman, will be presenting this work at a symposium on Maize Biology at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists in Mérida, Mexico (June 28, 2008). [more]

Custer Died for Your Sins

on this day in 1876 at the Battle of the Little Bighorn / Custer’s Last Stand / the Battle of the Greasy Grass thanks to the efforts of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Lame Deer (the older one) and many others. Go have a pig roast or something…

The place of the battle is quite impressive if you’re ever in that neck of the woods.

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