How Fast Was Wild Wheat Domesticated?

  title={How Fast Was Wild Wheat Domesticated?},
  author={Ken-ichi Tanno and G. Willcox},
  pages={1886 - 1886}
  • Ken-ichi Tanno, G. Willcox
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Prehistoric cultivation of wild wheat in the Fertile Crescent led to the selection of mutants with indehiscent (nonshattering) ears, which evolved into modern domestic wheat. Previous estimates suggested that this transformation was rapid, but our analyses of archaeological plant remains demonstrate that indehiscent domesticates were slow to appear, emerging ~9500 years before the present, and that dehiscent (shattering) forms were still common in cultivated fields ~7500 years before the… CONTINUE READING
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