“Unparalleled Discovery” of Ancient Skeletons Reveals First Use of Maize in Mesoamerica

“Unparalleled Discovery” of Ancient Skeletons Reveals First Use of Maize in Mesoamerica
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Maize, an ancient food source, was first cultivated in the Maya lowlands around 6,500 years ago. Credit: UNM Almost any grocery store is filled with products made from corn, also known as maize, in every aisle: fresh corn, canned corn, corn cereal, taco shells, tortilla chips, popcorn, corn sweeteners. Maize is perhaps the most important plant ever domesticated by people, topping 1 billion tonnes produced in 2019, double that of rice, according to University of New Mexico Anthropology professor Keith Prufer, Principle Investigator of a team that just released new research that sheds light on when people started eating maize.

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