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Ancient Sunflower Fuels Debate About Agriculture in the Americas
April 29, 2008
David Lentz and his fellow researchers have documented archaeological, linguistic, ethnographic and ethnohistoric data demonstrating that the sunflower entered the repertoire of Mexican domesticates by 2600 B.C.; that its cultivation was widespread in Mexico and extended as far south as El Salvador by the first millennium B.C.; that it was well known to the Aztecs; and that it is still in use by traditional Mesoamerican cultures today.
University of Cincinnati
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