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Scientists have studied 1,600 year old cotton from the banks of the Nile and have found what they believe to be evidence of early crop evolution. These findings are the first to find this kind of evolution in a major crop group, especially since plant domestication has a relatively short history.
Until recently researchers believed the story of the origin of agriculture was one of a relatively sudden appearance of plant cultivation in the Near East around 10,000 years ago spreading quickly into Europe and dovetailing conveniently with ideas about how quickly language and population genes spread from the Near East to Europe.
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