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Tango0121 Dec 2016 12:01 p.m. PST

"The team, led by University of Bristol Professor Richard Evershed, studied unglazed pottery dating from more than 10,000 years ago, from two sites in the Libyan Sahara.

"We reveal the earliest direct evidence for plant processing in pottery globally, from the sites of Takarkori and Uan Afuda in the Libyan Sahara, dated to 82006400 BC," the scientists said.

"Characteristic carbon number distributions and 13C values for plant wax-derived n-alkanes and alkanoic acids indicate sustained and systematic processing of C3/C4 grasses and aquatic plants, gathered from the savannahs and lakes in the Early to Middle Holocene green Sahara."…"
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Dec 2016 6:57 p.m. PST

"Plant processing"???

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2016 9:23 a.m. PST

That's what I was asking myself.

I think that's made-up-scientist-word for cooking.

These findings also emphasize the sophistication of these early hunter-gatherers in their utilization of a broad range of plant types, and the ability to boil them for long periods of time in newly invented ceramic vessels would have significantly increased the range of plants prehistoric people could eat.

I guess an regular person not being paid by the word would have written the entire article as: plant material in old pots shows they weren't just eating tubers and berries but were capable of boiling leafy and grassy plant bits long enough to turn them into useful food.

Tango0122 Dec 2016 11:06 a.m. PST



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