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Contrasting Patterns in Crop Domestication and Domestication Rates: Recent Archaeobotanical Insights from the Old World
  • D. Fuller
  • Biology, Geography
    Annals of botany
  • 10 May 2007
Data suggest that in domesticated grasses, changes in grain size and shape evolved prior to non-shattering ears or panicles, suggesting a need to reconsider the role of sickle harvesting in domestication.
The Domestication Process and Domestication Rate in Rice: Spikelet Bases from the Lower Yangtze
Evidence from the site of Tianluoshan shows that the proportion of nonshattering domesticated rice (Oryza sativa) spikelet bases increased over this period, which suggests an increased consumption relative to wild gathered foods.
Agricultural Origins and Frontiers in South Asia: A Working Synthesis
The accumulation of recent data from archaeobotany, archaeozoology and Neolithic excavations from across South Asia warrants a new overview of early agriculture in the subcontinent. This paper
Pathways to Asian Civilizations: Tracing the Origins and Spread of Rice and Rice Cultures
The protracted domestication process finished around 6,500–6,000 years ago in China and about two millennia later in India, when hybridization with Chinese rice took place, and farming populations grew and expanded by migration and incorporation of pre-existing populations.
Current perspectives and the future of domestication studies
It is argued that although recent progress has been impressive, the next decade will yield even more substantial insights not only into how domestication took place, but also when and where it did, and where and why it did not.
Ecological consequences of human niche construction: Examining long-term anthropogenic shaping of global species distributions
This work focuses on four major phases that witnessed broad anthropogenic alterations to biodiversity—the Late Pleistocene global human expansion, the Neolithic spread of agriculture, the era of island colonization, and the emergence of early urbanized societies and commercial networks.
Fluvial landscapes of the Harappan civilization
The collapse of the Bronze Age Harappan, one of the earliest urban civilizations, remains an enigma. Urbanism flourished in the western region of the Indo-Gangetic Plain for approximately 600 y, but
Presumed domestication? Evidence for wild rice cultivation and domestication in the fifth millennium BC of the Lower Yangtze region
It is proposed that, at least for the Lower Yangtze region, the advent of rice domestication around 4000 BC was preceded by a phase of pre-domestication cultivation that began around 5000 BC, and the implications for sedentism and the spread of agriculture as a long term process are discussed.
The Evolution of Animal Domestication
A framework for understanding how unconscious selection characterized the earliest steps of animal domestication and the role of introgression and the importance of relaxed and positive selection in shaping modern domestic phenotypes and genomes is presented.
Consilience of genetics and archaeobotany in the entangled history of rice
An updated synthesis of the interwoven patterns of the spread of various rice varieties throughout Asia and to Madagascar can be suggested in which rice reached most of its historical range of important cultivation by the Iron Age.