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Starch fossils and the domestication and dispersal of chili peppers (Capsicum spp. L.) in the Americas

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dc.contributor.author Perry, Linda en
dc.contributor.author Dickau, Ruth en
dc.contributor.author Zarrillo, Sonia en
dc.contributor.author Holst, Irene en
dc.contributor.author Pearsall, Deborah M. en
dc.contributor.author Piperno, Dolores R. en
dc.contributor.author Berman, Mary Jane en
dc.contributor.author Cooke, Richard G. en
dc.contributor.author Rademaker, Kurt en
dc.contributor.author Ranere, Anthony J. en
dc.contributor.author Raymond, J. Scott en
dc.contributor.author Sandweiss, Daniel H. en
dc.contributor.author Scaramelli, Franz en
dc.contributor.author Tarble, Kay en
dc.contributor.author Zeidler, James A. en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-16T18:26:19Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-16T18:26:19Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Perry, Linda, Dickau, Ruth, Zarrillo, Sonia, Holst, Irene, Pearsall, Deborah M., Piperno, Dolores R., Berman, Mary Jane, Cooke, Richard G., Rademaker, Kurt, Ranere, Anthony J., Raymond, J. Scott, Sandweiss, Daniel H., Scaramelli, Franz, Tarble, Kay, and Zeidler, James A. 2007. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/12109">Starch fossils and the domestication and dispersal of chili peppers (Capsicum spp. L.) in the Americas</a>." <em>Science</em>. 315 (5814):986&ndash;988. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1136914">https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1136914</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 0036-8075
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/12109
dc.description.abstract Chili peppers (Capsicum spp.) are widely cultivated food plants that arose in the Americas and are now incorporated into cuisines worldwide. Here, we report a genus-specific starch morphotype that provides a means to identify chili peppers from archaeological contexts and trace both their domestication and dispersal. These starch microfossils have been found at seven sites dating from 6000 years before present to European contact and ranging from the Bahamas to southern Peru. The starch grain assemblages demonstrate that maize and chilies occurred together as an ancient and widespread Neotropical plant food complex that predates pottery in some regions. en
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dc.title Starch fossils and the domestication and dispersal of chili peppers (Capsicum spp. L.) in the Americas en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 55628
dc.identifier.doi 10.1126/science.1136914
rft.jtitle Science
rft.volume 315
rft.issue 5814
rft.spage 986
rft.epage 988
dc.description.SIUnit NH-EOL en
dc.description.SIUnit STRI en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Anthropology en
dc.citation.spage 986
dc.citation.epage 988

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