Cooked starchy rhizomes in Africa 170 thousand years ago

@article{Wadley2020CookedSR,
  title={Cooked starchy rhizomes in Africa 170 thousand years ago},
  author={L. Wadley and L. Backwell and F. d’Errico and C. Sievers},
  journal={Science},
  year={2020},
  volume={367},
  pages={87 - 91}
}
Middle Stone Age cooking Early evidence of cooked starchy plant food is sparse, yet the consumption of starchy roots is likely to have been a key innovation in the human diet. Wadley et al. report the identification of whole, charred rhizomes of plants of the genus Hypoxis from Border Cave, South Africa, dated up to 170,000 years ago. These archaeobotanical remains represent the earliest direct evidence for the cooking of underground storage organs. The edible Hypoxis rhizomes appear to have… Expand
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