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Time line for maize, bean and squash cultivation.


Marvin wrote:
"And how many other garden tricks have their origins in ancient times?  Can anyone else add to this knowledge?"
 
Here's some information on gardening in ancient times.(from an article in the weekly publication Science News.)
 
A new study has pushed the beginnings of the cultivation of maize in southern Mexico to 6,300 years ago. This is 800 years earlier than previous estimates. This evidence comes from radiocarbon analysis of cobs found in a 1966 dig.
 
Evidence of squash cultivation in North America has been dated back to 10,000 years ago.
 
Beans were probably first domesticated around 4,000 years ago in southwestern Mexico.
 
These are Mexico's three major crops and most of the evidence used for dating has come from five caves excavated 40 to 50 years ago.
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Science News of the week.
 
The Newly Sequenced Human Genome Bares All.
 
The rough draft is done. Here's a link to this freely available information on the Internet. http://genome.ucsc.edu
 
Here's a link at Celera http://celera.com
 

 




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