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Anthropologist Finds Earliest Evidence of Maize Farming in Mexico
April 9, 2007
New evidence reveals that ancient farmers in Mexico were cultivating an early form of maize, the forerunner of modern corn, about 7,300 years ago-1,200 years earlier than scholars previously thought. Researchers conducted an analysis of sediments in the Gulf Coast of Tabasco, Mexico, and concluded that people were planting crops in the "New World" of the Americas around 5,300 B.C. The shift from foraging to the cultivation of food was a significant change in lifestyle.
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