Origin of agriculture and plant domestication in West Mesoamerica

  title={Origin of agriculture and plant domestication in West Mesoamerica},
  author={Daniel Zizumbo-Villarreal and Patricia Colunga-Garc{\'i}amar{\'i}n},
  journal={Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution},
Recent paleoecological, archaeobotanical and genetic-molecular data are used to develop a hypothesis on the where, when, how and whom of plant domestication and the origin of agriculture in west Mesoamerica, and the formation of the maize-bean-squash multicrop milpa system and agro-food system which formed the base for development of ancient complex societies in this area. It is highly likely that about 10,000 before present (BP) human groups specializing in plant gathering and small game… CONTINUE READING
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