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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 16:47:05 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Wild Grass Became Maize Crop More Than 8,700 Years Ago
Wild Grass Became Maize Crop More Than 8,700 Years Ago
The earliest physical evidence for domesticated maize, what some cultures call corn, dates to at least 8,700 calendar years ago, and it was probably domesticated by indigenous peoples in the lowland areas of southwestern Mexico, not the highland areas.
This new evidence comes from an international team of researchers, who report the findings in two companion papers in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They place maize domestication in Mexico about ...
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