When & Where Grapes Domesticated

I got some archaeobotany for you to start your weekend off right with -- a new open access study in PNAS announces a genome wide association of 8,000 years of grape domestication, spanning the Eastern Caucasus to Western Europe. Lead author Sean Myles of Cornell University wrote in the abstract, "support a geographical origin of grape... Continue Reading →

New Results On The Domestication Of Barley In Iran & Cattle In Turkey

Two papers have come out this week that refine our understanding of the agricultural revolution in the Neolithic Near East. The first is actually an advance copy, "Population Based Re-sequencing Reveals that the Flowering Time Adaptation of Cultivated Barley Originated East of the Fertile Crescent," published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, in which... Continue Reading →

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