Humans domesticated horses – new tech could help archaeologists figure out where and when

Archaeologists have long argued over when and how people first domesticated horses. A decade ago, new techniques appeared to have provided answers – but further discoveries change the story again.

William Taylor, Assistant Professor and Curator of Archaeology, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 2, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  ancient-dna  archaeology  teeth  domestication  mongolia  horses  kazakhstan  adna  zooarchaeology

Modern tomatoes are very different from their wild ancestors – and we found missing links in their evolution

Through genetic detective work, scientists have identified missing links in the tomato’s evolution from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato of today.

Ana Caicedo, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Jan. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  evolution  genetics  agriculture  genomics  research-brief  global-perspectives  crops  tomato  latin-america  plant-breeding  domestication

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