Starch granule evidence for the earliest potato use in North America.

  title={Starch granule evidence for the earliest potato use in North America.},
  author={Lisbeth A. Louderback and Bruce Pavlik},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={114 29},
The prehistory of wild potato use, leading to its domestication and diversification, has been well-documented in, and confined to, South America. At least 20 tuber-bearing, wild species of Solanum are known from North and Central America, yet their importance in ancient diets has never been assessed from the archaeological record. Here, we report the earliest evidence of wild potato use in North America at 10,900-10,100 calendar years (cal) B.P. in the form of well-preserved starch granules… CONTINUE READING

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